THE five expelled MMD members of Parliament are free to join opposition UPND, says party secretary general Winstone Chibwe.
Mr Chibwe said it would be naïve and immoral for his party not to work with them since they were being victimized for campaigning for UPND in the just ended presidential election.
Mr Chibwe said in an interview yesterday that it would be a most welcome development if the expelled legislators joined UPND especially that they contributed greatly to the good performance of the party in the just ended election.
“We know that their matter is currently in courts of law and we can’t say anything on that. But if they are finally expelled from their party we will invite them to come and join us. Our job will be to receive them,” he said.
Mr Chibwe said his party appreciated their contribution in the campaigns and that UPND would have no problem to work with them in future elections.
And one of the expelled MMD MPs Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane said he would not give up his position in MMD to join UPND at the moment until he was finally expelled.
“That (joining the UPND) is not the issue of discussion for now.
The issue about UPND is that we were in alliance with them for the purpose of the 2015 election and Dr Nevers Mumba was part of that alliance until the last minutes when he changed his mind,” he said.
MMD national secretary Mwansa Mbulakulima recently announced the expulsion of Kenneth Chipungu of Rufunsa, Levy Ngoma (Sinda), Felix Mutati (Lunte), Dr Musokotwane (Liuwa) and Kabinga Pande of Kasempa.
The lawmakers have since gone to Lusaka High Court seeking redress over their expulsions from the former ruling party.