Movement for Multi-Party Democracy National Chairperson, Kabinga Pande who is leading a group of 8 Members of Parliament supporting the presidential candidature of Hakainde Hichilema has condemned the decision made by a consultative meeting held by Muhabi Lungu and some MMD NEC members.
Speaking at a a press briefing held at Radison Blu this morning, Mr Pande said that the MMD should abide by its earlier NEC decision to support UPND candidate Hakainde Hichilema.
Mr Pande claimed that yesterday’s consultative meeting was illegal as both the Chairperson and Party President did not authorise it and were not not present.
Yesterday former National Secretary Muhabi Lungu held a consultative meeting of MPS and NEC members at Chrisma Hotel where he announced that 21 NEC members and 26 MPS out of 35 MPS are supporting the candidature of PF Presidential Edgar Lungu.
The expelled former National Secretary also hinted that the elder statesman Rupiah Banda would likely endorse Lungu.
But Pande condemned the pronouncements claiming that the MMD was supporting Hakainde Hichilema.
The meeting was attended by former MMD ministers Ronnie Shikapwashya, Bradford Machila and a few Members of Parliament, Elijah Muchima, Ann Munshya Chungu, and Kenneth Chipungu.
The MMD is now split into three factions led by party president Nevers Mumba, Kabinga Pande and the Rupiah Banda faction led by Muhabi Lungu.
The Rupiah Banda faction seemed to have pulled the largest faction of MPS. Reports suggest that Kabinga Pande and his team pleaded with Rupiah Banda not to endorse PF candidate Edgar Lungu.
Others that remain undecided include Mbala MP Mwalimu Simfukwe, and Mafinga MP Catherine Namugala.
Felix Mutati and Lubasenshi Independent MP have joined the UPND.
Yesterday news emerged that 26 MPS mostly from the MMD had endorsed the candidature of PF President Edgar Lungu.
Lungu is already enjoying the support of 81 MPS from the PF.