OPPOSITION Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) yesterday convened an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) to decide whether to go for a convention or partner with the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) ahead of the August general elections.
But by press time the meeting which has yet again caused tension in the former ruling party had not concluded its agenda having commenced around 12:30 hours.
Journalists were asked to leave the venue of the meeting and were only told they would be called only when needed.
Some of the MMD MPs such as Kabinga Pande who was the national chairman of the former ruling party were not invited and when contacted, he said he had no idea about the meeting and its agenda.
Before the meeting started journalists approached party leader Dr Nevers Mumba to find out what the agenda of the meeting but the MMD leader refused to talk to the media.
“We shall call the press at 16:00 hours by then we would have finished the meeting,” Dr Mumba said in an interview.
And when asked whether all NEC members were in attendance, Dr Mumba said “all bona fide members have come to this meeting.”
Meanwhile, some party members who flocked to the venue were heard complaining that Dr Mumba had brought most of his Copperbelt supporters in order to influence the outcome of the meeting.
And inside sources revealed that the meeting would be highly charged because members who were pushing for a convention before the August elections were said to be scheming to endorse Lunte member of Parliament Felix Mutati who is believed to be inclined to the opposition UPND.
Dr Mumba is said to have screened his NEC members and all those who were suspected not to be in good standing with the party were not allowed to be part of the meeting.
It is alleged that the some people who were against Dr Mumba had information that his possible alliance was with President Edgar Lungu.
President Lungu has indicated his willingness to work with the MMD because he believes it would not be easy for the ruling party to garner the 50 percent plus 1 majority vote.