MMD will hold a convention next month to elect a new national executive committee after the tenure of office for the current structure led by Nevers Mumba allegedly expired earlier this month, suspended national secretary Mwansa Mbulakulima announced yesterday.
He said the former ruling party will hold its convention between May 20 and 22, 2016 after the High Court threw out an application by Dr. Mumba for an injunction to restrain other party members from continuing with their mobilisation campaign for the party to go for a convention.
Addressing a horde of MMD cadres outside the High Court yesterday, Mr. Mbulakulima said the MMD was not owned by an individual and warned Dr. Mumba and his group to stay away from the secretariat because there was no executive in place to preside over party matters.
He said the MMD was a peaceful party which did not believe in violence and appealed to the members to remain calm at all times.
“Dr. Mumba dribbled himself. Firstly, he went to court and filed an injunction against us from mobilising for the convention by lying that he was elected in 2012 and that the convention should be held in 2017. He shamelessly called for a press briefing to make the announcement, but the court has told us that all these were lies.
“I have the document here and by virtue of the court’s ruling, he cannot even appeal to the Supreme Court because his action to seek the court’s interpretation of the constitution has been delivered. Which judge is he going to appeal to at the Supreme Court when what he was looking for has been delivered?” Mr. Mbulakulima asked.
He said the party has declared a general amnesty to all the members who were suspended by Dr. Mumba to feel free to go back to the party and contest for any position they wanted at the convention.
And suspended party spokesperson Raphael Nakachinda said Dr. Mumba’s action to take the issue to court had made it even easier for the party to come out of its leadership quagmire.
“We can now easily go to the convention following this ruling. We didn’t want to do anything illegal and that is why we came here and we would like to warn Dr. Mumba and those that are helping him go into this wrong direction to leave the party.
“This party is not driven by litigation, but democracy. If he wants to fight litigation battles, we ask him to study law so that he can join the lawyers here where he can be debating litigation matters,” he said.
Earlier in the day, the party cadres on 10 buses thronged the MMD secretariat ready to take over the offices, but a delay in concluding the court process to give them an order forced them to go to the High Court premises where they camped from 14:00hrs to around 17:00hrs.
There was jubilation when Mr. Mbulakulima broke the news that the High Court had ruled in their favour.