WRANGLES that have rocked the MMD have more to do with selfishness on the part of some party members than the constitution, says acting national secretary Mwansa Mbulakulima.
Commenting on the call by Southern African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) executive director, Boniface Cheembe, that there is need for political parties to review their party constitutions to address intra-party conflicts, Mbulakulima, who is also Chembe member of parliament, said the MMD constitution was very clear.
“I expected SACCORD to have come and had a chat with MMD on whether the wrangles are arising from the constitution because our constitution is as clear as itself. I don’t know whether they are taking into account the human factor; the selfishness of a human being, how power-hungry a human being is,” said Mbulakulima in an interview yesterday.
He added that the wrangles in MMD were because of some people who had pushed for the return to active politics of former Republican president Rupiah Banda.
“If you look at MMD, for instance, it’s a stand-alone party, the party has a clear direction but some members have decided… when they called the former president (Banda) to come back into the party and stand as president, I don’t know whether this is the constitution. So, it’s the human element and not the constitution SACCORD is talking about,” he said.
“We stood on the platform to defend our constitution but some of our members, when we were fighting for justice, they went off and for me, this is lack of principles; it has nothing to do with the constitution but the selfishness of individuals. Constitutions must be respected, yes, but it’s more of the human element than the law.”
Mbulakilima, however, admitted that because of the dynamics of politics, the MMD constitution needed to have some of its clauses reviewed, but that such should not be done to suit the wishes of individuals.
Cheembe on Monday said political parties needed to review their constitutions to make them effective instruments of conflict resolution.
“We believe that in an effort to ensure intra-party democracy, there is need for all political parties in our country to review very quickly and take it as an urgent matter the issue of their party constitutions so that any party member is given an opportunity to vie for any party position,” said Cheembe.
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