SUSPENDED Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) president Nevers Mumba has described his suspension from the party by the National xecutive committee as a “side show” and an illegality that would be challenged.
Dr Mumba said the MMD was being sabotaged by people who were attempting to grab the leadership of the party from him and that his lawyers were waiting for the official suspension letter before taking any other step.
Dr Mumba told the Daily Nation that greed had overtaken the desire to build the party and called on the general membership of the party to put their interest aside for the sake of the former ruling party.
But MMD national secretary Muhabi Lungu said Dr Mumba as party president only had two powers which were to head the party and to discharge his duties democratically he was however required to consult NEC and any other relevant party function on all matters relevant to party policies.
Mr Lungu said Dr Mumba was suspended because he was allegedly acting as an imperial president of a democratic party.
Dr. Mumba said his suspension from the party was meant to frustrate the reorganization of the former ruling party, adding that the MMD was determined to sort out its challenges.
He said his lawyers were waiting for the suspension letter so that they could chart the way forward following his suspension on Tuesday.
“We started the programme of rebranding and reorganizing the MMD and these efforts are being frustrated. The MMD is being sabotaged but we are going to put the interest of the party first and sort these challenges out.We have been at the secretariat waiting for the letter but it was not there. We hope it will be given to us as quickly as possible. However my suspension is a side show and an illegality,” Dr Mumba said.
But MMD national secretary Lungu said the former ruling party had written the letter after thorough consultations with the lawyers and that it was going to be delivered to Dr Mumba yesterday.
Mr Lungu said Dr Mumba was obly suspended on Tuesday and it was only logical for the party to make consultations with the lawyers before drafting the suspension letter.
Mr Lungu said Dr Mumba could not claim that his suspension was a side show and illegal because he had no executive powers to declare himself a candidate for the January 20, 2015 presidential election.
“I have been told that Dr Mumba was at the secretariat briefly looking for the suspension letter. He was only suspended yesterday (Tuesday) and as a party that strongly believes in the rule of law, we had to have extensive consultations with our lawyers before drafting the letter.
The letter has now been drafted and we are delivering it to Dr Mumba,” Mr Lungu said.