Attorney-General’s decision to take MMD de-registration case to the Supreme court is an independent one-Shamenda
GOVERNMENT spokesperson Fackson Shamenda rubbished the accusation by MMD President Nevers Mumba that the PF Government has taken “a personal stance” to bring down his party despite the High Court quashing Registrar of Societies, Clement Andeleki’s decision to deregister the former ruling party.
Mr Shamenda said that the PF was not interfering in the affairs of the Judiciary and that the Attorney-General’s decision was an independent one. Mr Shamenda said that the MMD should not start crying foul over the decision and that the Attorney-General had the right to appeal if he felt it was the right position.
“We are not running issues the way the MMD was running them. The Attorney-General is free to appeal if he feels it should be so. Why should the MMD cry foul just because the situation does not suit them now, as PF we are just making sure we clear the mess they left,” Mr Shamenda said.
On Friday, Dr Mumba Dr Mumba said that Attorney-General Mumba Malila’s indication to appeal to the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling was a clear indication that the PF was after deregistering the MMD.
Dr Mumba said the Registrar could have made other efforts to meet the MMD to address matter on the alleged defaulting instead of filing an appeal in the Supreme Court.
“By appealing against the judgment of the High Court to the Supreme Court, this alone confirms our earlier concerns that the PF Government is moving towards creating a one party State in Zambia,” Dr Mumba said.
Dr Mumba said during a media that it had become apparent that the deregistration of the MMD, “was meant to wipe out the opposition in Zambia”.
He alleged that his party had been furnished with a photocopy of a Certificate of Registration of a Youth League in Mumbwa District which had been misconstrued to be a branch of the MMD but that such were structures that did not exist.
“A letter attached to the Certificate restated that reports should be submitted to the office of the District Secretary which is non-existent. Why then should the MMD Secretariat be required to submit such returns.
“The MMD is hereby appealing to the International Community to prevail over the PF Government to stop their manoeuvres to turn Zambia into a one party state as there can be no other reason for appealing apart from wanting to wipe out MMD,” he added.
The MMD leader said his party was ready to fight to the latter efforts to deregister his party.
[Times of Zambia]