MMD trustees should call for a meeting to set the date for the party convention following the expiry of the term of office for the current party national executive committee (NEC), former Copperbelt MMD provincial Chairman Moses Mumba has said.
Mr Mumba said following the expiry of term of office for the NEC and party President Nevers Mumba on April 7, 2016, the party was now in the hands of the trustees and the provincial chairpersons who should now call for a meeting to set the date for party convention to elect a new leadership.
He said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that the new leadership which would be elected after the convention, would start negotiations to form an alliance with the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).
“The term of office for the NEC and Dr Mumba expired on April 7, 2016 and so, as far as the MMD constitution is concerned, there is no NEC and there is no party President. The party is in the hands of the trustees and the provincial chairpersons. So in this case, the trustees should call for a meeting to set the date for the party convention.
“Yes, a party convention which will elect a new leadership which would start negotiations to form an alliance with the PF. We believe that after the convention, the stage for the MMD revival will be set,” Mr Mumba said.
He said most of the current MMD NEC officials were not elected by the party members, but were just picked after elected and genuine NEC officials were suspended and expelled.
Mr Mumba said the current party leadership had lamentably failed to provide leadership in the MMD because of the total disregard for the party constitution.
“The MMD party president should strive to uphold the party constitution. If he or she is not following the party constitution, then they are not a good leader, “he said.