The opposition Movement for Multi-Party Democracry (MMD) has refuted media claims that it intends to do away with the party convention, but instead elect the its leader using the National Executive Committee (NEC). Reacting to the report, MMD Deputy National Secretary Chembe Nyangu dismissed the assertions as pure lies.
Mr Nyangu stated that the party’s NEC has not considered such a route to elect the party’s next president other than the convention.
Earlier reports by QFM suggested that the MMD was said to have abandoned plans for a convention to elect the party’s new leader opting instead to use the National Executive Committee to elect the party President to replace former president Rupiah Banda.
Quoting sources within the party’s top brass, QFM reported that former Zambian High Commissioner to Canada Dr Nevers Mumba was the preferred candidate to takeover the leadership of the country’s largest opposition party.
The sources disclosed that when the NEC members meet to elect the party’s new leader it mostly likely that Dr Mumba once Republican vice president will be endorsed by the majority members.
The move by former ruling party to use the NEC to elect its new leader followed the failure to raise the K3 billion required to hold the convention by the committee tasked to mobilize the funds.