MMD president Nevers Mumba must step down to save the former ruling party from total collapse, MMD leaders in Eastern Province have demanded.
Provincial youth chairman Cheembe Daka said it was unacceptable for Dr Mumba to continue leading the party when it was headed for extinction.
He said MMD needed a leader who would reorganize and restore it to its former status, as a ruling party.
Mr Daka said the performance of the ruling party in the just ended presidential election was embarrassing as smaller political party candidates did better.
He said Dr Mumba was many times advised not to stand as a presidential candidate but he did not heed the advice resulting into the party going into oblivion under his leadership.
“We are so embarrassed that even FDD president Edith Nawakwi who has only one MP performed well in the just ended presidential election compared to MMD, a party which was in power before,” Mr Daka said.
He wondered why Dr Mumba had the courage to threaten and expel MPs who supported other political parties when he knew that he was not capable of running the affairs of the party.
Mr Daka said according to the party constitution, Dr Mumba had no power to suspend the MPs on his own, adding that his actions were undemocratic.
He said MMD members and officials following Dr Mumba should reconsider their decisions.
Mr Daka said supporting other political party candidates other than one’s leader was evidence that there was a problem in the party.