MMD Lusaka Backs Nevers Mumba.
Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) members in Lusaka Province, drawn from all 8 districts have thrown their weight behind President Nevers Sekwila Mumba and have declared that there will be no convention to elect a new MMD President because Dr. Mumba’s term expires in 2017.
Speaking at a press briefing at the MMD Secretariat in Lusaka yesterday, Lusaka Province Chairman Steven Bwalya said that Dr. Mumba was the substantive party President who was democratically elected at the MMD Party Convention in 2012 and whose term of office expires in 2017 according to the MMD Constitution. He said that there was only one Party President and currently no vacancy in the office. He was accompanied by a quorum of 16 Provincial Executive Committee members drawn from Chongwe, Luangwa, Kafue, Sibuyunji, Chilanga, Lusaka and Rufunsa.
Mr Bwalya sounded a stern warning to Mr Watson Mtonga, an expelled party member who has been issuing statements to the media and puporting to be the Lusaka Province chairman. Mr Bwalya cautioned Mr Mtonga that he is abrogating the Supreme Court ruling of 2014 that established Dr Mumba as the legitimate president of MMD and its legal presidential candidate.
“We now wish to specifically identify one Watson Mtonga, who is an expelled party member and warn him that he is abrogating the Supreme Court ruling of December 2014 and risks being cited for contempt if he continues destabilizing the party. This is his last warning and if he persists we will set the police on him very swiftly. We reiterate that Mr. Mtonga has no position in the MMD and is an impostor. We inform everyone who is working with him in disturbing Dr. Mumba’s position as President that they risk arrest,” said Mr Bwalya.
And answering a question from a journalist as to the effect of the new ruling requiring all Ward and Parliamentary candidates to be holders of Grade 12 Certificates, Mr Bwalya said the MMD is one of the parties that will have no difficulties on this issue as it has a wide membership to select from. He reminded the reporters gathered that it s a well-known fact that without the MMD, the PF would not be in power today.
Below is the full statement by the Lusaka Province chairman at the briefing.