MMD National Secretary Mwansa Mbulakulima said the former ruling had not lifted the suspension of MMD officials who were suspended for various offences.
Mr Mbulakulima said yesterday that reports emanating from suspended leaders in Eastern Province claiming that their suspensions have been lifted by the top leadership as untrue.
He said the reports were baseless stating that the former ruling party was still handling different disciplinary cases.
“The reports coming from suspended officials in Eastern Province claiming that their suspensions have been lifted in Eastern Province is not true because the party is still handling the suspension issues,”Mr Mbulakulima said.
He explained that Jacob Mwanza was still acting provincial chairperson saying party members should instil discipline in the party.
He stated that discipline should be instilled in the former ruling party as it was going the healing process.
And Mr Mwanza said MMD Provincial Executive Committee (PEC)would be meeting this week to discuss the way forward after it withdrew from the parliamentary by-elections.
Meanwhile Mr Mwanza defended his decision to attempt to file in his nomination papers for the Petauke Central parliamentary by-election despite MMD President, Nevers Mumba having instructed him to withdraw.
He explained that MMD leaders in Eastern Province were last week forced to visit Dr Mumba in Lusaka to seek clarification on the party’s participation in the elections.
Mr Mwanza stated that Dr Mumba agreed that MMD participates in the elections and even issued adoption certificates on Monday last week.
He said that he was shocked that while on his way to Petauke from Lusaka, Dr Mumba called around 21:30 hours asking him to withdraw from the race.
Mr Mwanza said that he however, decided to go ahead after consulting his provincial team because a lot of preparations including that of financial support for campaigns had already been done.