Levy Mwanawasa


SPEECH GIVEN BY DR NEVERS MUMBA – NCC PRESIDENT

NEWSMAKERS FORUM – SAM’S CAFE, LUSAKA
JANUARY 30TH, 2002

INTRODUCTION

There is no political impasse in Zambia but rather political impotence, which now threatens our fragile democracy.

NATIONAL HISTORY

THE UNIP GOVERNMENT: offered us a party controlled state.

CHILUBA ADMIN: offered us a man-controlled state.

THE MWANAWASA ADMIN: offers us none of the above systems of government. The presumed impasse is a result of those in government attempting to run this current government based on either the UNIP or Chiluba administration principles. Unfortunately or fortunately, Zambia has moved forward and demands a new style of governance based on dialogue and flexibility.

From now on, Zambia can only be ruled through consultation, tolerance and dialogue. Anything else will produce an impasse.

THE STRENGTH OF DEMOCRACY

The authority of any “democratically” elected government is dependent on the integrity of the electoral process. Our major political problem today is not because of having a 29% popular president, but how credible the process that produced him is perceived to be by the Zambian people. If the process is suspect even the elected leader will remain a suspect President or suspect member of Parliament.

Our most urgent duty as Zambia is to ensure that the electoral process is moralised and authenticated.

MMD/OPPOSITION TALKS

The option of dialogue is non-negotiable in the present political scenario. I am convinced that the current political crisis will only be settled through dialogue. Pressing issues like

1. The Speaker of the National Assembly
2. The electoral process and
3. The question of rigging in the just ended tripartite election.

Anyone who believes the courts will settle this for us, is underestimating the magnitude of our challenge. Dialogue has always been God’s way of handling difficulties. The Bible says, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” …