MMD will write to the Speaker of the National Assembly to declare vacant parliamentary seats of its members campaigning for other political parties because their position implies that they have defected, MMD president Nevers Mumba has said.
Dr Mumba said yesterday that MMD members of Parliament campaigning for other political parties should rescind their decision or face expulsion.
He has since directed party acting national secretary Mwansa Mbulakulima to write to all members of Parliament (MPs) and national executive committee (NEC) members campaigning for other presidential candidates.
Dr Mumba said in a statement released yesterday that erring MMD lawmakers risk losing their parliamentary seats.
“I will write to the Speaker of the National Assembly demanding the removal of MPs from Parliament as they will be deemed to have crossed the floor of the House by supporting a candidate other than that of the MMD,” he said.
The MMD leader said he had observed that some MMD members were making decisions meant to destabilize the party by opting to publicly endorse presidential candidates who were not the Party’s presidential hopeful.
He said the MMD constitution states that one of the obligations of any member was to be loyal and committed to the ideals and programmes of the party
Dr Mumba said the party had re-positioned itself in order to successfully contest the January 20 presidential election. But Kasempa Member of Parliament Kabinga Pande said before Dr Mumba writes to the Speaker it would be better for the parties involved to discuss the matter administratively. He said he was hopeful that that as members of one family they would go to a round table to iron out the misunderstanding instead of writing to the Speaker to declare seats vacant. Mr Pande said it was unfortunate that Dr Mumba quickly issued a statement to the media before the matter was discussed internally. He said the affected MPs would not discuss the issue in public but would want it addressed internally.
And Dr Mumba has appointed 12 party members to fill vacancies in NEC following revocation of the 10 presidential nominations.
Dr Mumba has selected his spokesperson Raphael Nakachinda to represent Southern Province in the MMD supreme body.
Others nominated are Emmanuel Chihili (North-Western), Frank Bowa (Muchinga), Stephen Mukuka (Northern), and Lisa Passi (Eastern). The rest are Sheila Kalubi (Southern), Rev. Reuben Sambo (Eastern), Tobias Maliti (North-Western), Albert Chimwemwe (Luapula) and Basil Mulunga (Copperbelt).
Dr Peter Machungwa and Georgina Mutale have been appointed trustees for Luapula and Northern provinces respectively.
Dr Mumba hoped that the recent developments in the party were the “genesis of the birth process of a new re-branded MMD”.