DISGRUNTLED MMD members are planning to form a breakaway political party, president Nevers Mumba has claimed.
Dr Mumba said yesterday at a press briefing in Lusaka that he was aware of manoeuvres by some members to form a splinter political party and he has challenged them to be brave and come out in the open.
“We are aware that some of our former members are planning to form an MMD splinter party. We wish to state that it is the democratic right of everyone in this country to freely exercise their right to assembly and association. However, we wish to maintain that if the aim of such people is to cause further divisions and confusion in our party, the MMD will spare no avenue, resource, and talent to ensure that it defends itself from such schemes and manoeuvres,’’ he said.
Dr Mumba warned against misconduct and indiscipline among members who were fanning confusion and planting seeds of discord. He said those who were genuinely interested to come back to the party should do so as it was their home.
“MMD is the most forgiving party; in 2011 some of our members left us and went to join other parties to campaign against us and yet we welcomed them back,” he said.
And Dr Mumba said MMD will continue to operate independently until the leadership finalises modalities for an alliance with the Patriotic Front (PF) or any other opposition political party.
“To our potential allies in different political parties whose culture and developmental agenda for the people of Zambia we share, we pledge the loyalty of a faithful friend. Currently, we have been invited to consider the option of an alliance with the ruling Patriotic Front among others.
‘‘We will explore as much as possible ways in which this can be achieved as long as it preserves the rights, goals and aspirations of both parties. A committee has been put in place to set the guidelines for such negotiations,” he said.
Meanwhile, the party yesterday officially opened invitations for receiving applications from all MMD aspiring candidates as members of Parliament, councillors, mayors and council chairpersons.
“This exercise begins today and will continue until 31st March 2016. The applicable fees for each application will be as follows: MP’s K2,000, mayors and council chairpersons K2,000 and for councillors K400,’’ he said.
He said that all constituencies were open for contention and that there will be no special seats as potential members have to compete equally.
Dr Mumba said that the party was targeting 40 percent women representation and encouraged youths to apply as MPs and councillors.
He said the national executive committee has unanimously agreed that the party should not go for a convention due to limited resources.