MMD national chairperson Kabinga Pande has declared as null void all suspensions and expulsions slapped on all party members by its party president Nevers Mumba.
But Dr Mumba has insisted that all suspensions and expulsions stand.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Pande, who was among those expelled, said the expulsions and suspensions are not in accordance with the MMD constitution.
The briefing was called after a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held earlier yesterday.
“The meeting has resolved that the disciplinary cases against NEC members, MPs, councillors and all other party officials throughout the country that were instituted by Dr Mumba were not in accordance with the constitution of our party,” Mr Pande said.
Mr Pande, who is also chairperson of the MMD disciplinary committee, said all party officials who were appointed to replace some party members should step down and allow the rightful persons to operate freely.
“I therefore instruct all party officials who were purported to have been suspended to start organising the party.
“We are doing this to strengthen the party. MMD is a strong party and the nation should be able to see that this group took votes to HH (United Party for National Development president Hakainde Hichilema) while others took to President Lungu. Dr Mumba only got one per cent, an indication that the power of the MMD are in these people,” he said.
Mr Pande also instructed party members to only obey the party officials who generally elected by them.
He said the second resolution of the meeting was for the party to go for an impromptu national convention within the next 30 days.
“The calling of the national convention is in line with the party constitution especially seeing what is happening in the MMD,” Mr Pande said.
He said the purpose and desire of his group is to bring unity into the MMD by getting back to the people at the grassroots so the party can move forward together to the 2016 Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government elections.
Earlier, there was confusion at the Mika Hotel where a press briefing was scheduled to take place when police officers informed the MMD supporters who had gathered that the event had been cancelled.
The supporters went to the MMD secretariat and started chanting anti-Nevers Mumba songs outside the secretariat but were confronted by pro-Mumba members and a physical confrontation was thwarted by police.
Meanwhile, expelled MMD national secretary Muhabi Lungu said he does not understand why the party was barred from holding a press briefing at Mika Hotel.
The planned meeting was scheduled for yesterday but it was stopped by the Police describing as illegal.
Dr Mumba said party members should not feel that they are gods and as such cannot be disciplined when they act contrary to party regulations.
“That meeting was illegal because all those members who attended have been expelled or suspended. Whatever they are saying and doing has no impact on the party anymore because they are no longer part of us. If they are aggrieved they should seek recourse from the courts,” he said.