WE have entered into a pact with the ruling UPND to help my brother President Hakainde Hichilema succeed in uniting the nation, and not seeking employment, New Hope MMD president Nevers Mumba has said.
On Sunday, MMD founder member Gaston Sichilima charged that Dr Mumba had entered into a pact with the ruling UPND without consulting members out of desperation to quickly get an appointment in the new Government.
But Dr Mumba said yesterday that he was not an opportunist or a job seeker but a true and mature leader who wanted the best for the country.
He said it was unfair for some people to accuse him of being an opportunist when he was trying to be patriotic in ensuring that the current administration succeeded.
Dr Mumba explained that his party had decided to enter into a partnership with the ruling UPND based on common values of dealing with tribalism, regionalism, partisanship, public debt, corruption and rebuilding the economy and debt repayment strategy among others.
“We have agreed on the human rights and economy that we have to deal with the debt stock in our country in order that we invest our resources and money into the social sector of health and education as a way of improving people’s lives.
“Our partnering with HH and the UPND is an act of support for a brother whom we feel means well and is doing all he can to implement the very things we have been fighting side by side against and for,” Dr Mumba said.
He said it was a responsibility of every politician to rally behind Government which was on a right trajectory of uniting citizens.
Dr Mumba said every leader deserved to be supported where he was succeeding and doing the right thing.
“It is for this reason that I am calling upon the nation that, supporting Government in place over those areas that are important, is not a sign of weakness. As a matter of fact, it is a sign of being a true and mature leader. Because the day you shall lead this country, you shall need that support,” he said.
He also said they decided to support the UPND-led Government on the shared value of the rule of law.