MMD members on the Copperbelt have refused to allow their party president Nevers Mumba to contest the 2016 general elections without the mandate of the national convention by joining their Central Province counterparts who are demanding a party national indaba early next year to elect new office bearers.
And Central Province vice chairman George Kangwa has said threats from party president Mumba and insults from his ‘‘henchmen’’ will not help in strengthening the former ruling party.
Copperbelt Province MMD chairman Moses Mumba has said that holding a convention next year is a constitutional matter that must not be stopped by anyone.
He said all those who were appointed or elected in between the last convention in 2011 would cease to hold office and seek a fresh mandate from members.
In a press statement to the Daily Nation, Mr. Mumba said in line with article 4 of the MMD constitution, a convention must be held every five years and afterwards the elected officials must seek a fresh mandate from the people.
He said that accordingly, the Dr Mumba-led executive was bound the convention of April 2011.
“Holding of a convention in 2016 is a must for our party, MMD. Article 4 of our constitution stipulates that, and I quote ‘National leaders shall hold elections for five years and shall be eligible for re-election’, end of quote. Now the current National Executive Committee was elected on 7th April 2011, meaning on 7th April 2016 they cease to hold office and go back to seek re-election,” Mr. Mumba’s statement read in part. He further advised that Dr. Mumba should not mislead the public that his mandate shall expire in 2017 because he was elected to fill a vacancy created when former President Rupiah Banda resigned.
Mr Mumba explained that when a member was elected to fill a vacancy, they did not start a term of office of their own but rather complete the remainder.
He called on founder members of the party to come on board and salvage the party.