MMD President Nevers Mumba has complained to the police of continued harassment and attacks from some MMD members opposed to his leadership.
Dr Mumba said in an interview that the case of his continued attacks on him and the MMD secretariat staff by unruly members had been handed over to the police and arrests were being expected.
He said whenever the party wanted to mobilize itself, some known expelled senior members sent unruly youths to destabilize meetings and attack Secretariat staff.
“We are being destabilized and they are weakening the party,” he said.
Dr Mumba said the court ruling was clear that the MMD under him should be left to operate freely.
He said some disgruntled MMD members wanted to use the youths to destabilize his leadership so they say he had failed to lead the party.
Asked to comment on reports that the MMD was headed for extinction under his leadership, Dr Mumba said “It’s a fallacy, I haven’t failed. There are people who want to use youths to undermine our Constitution.”
He said under his leadership, MMD had survived the biggest fights and the party would not have survived the battle had it not been for his spiritual standing.
“Now we have fought a good fight and defended the party with limited resources. We will continue to succeed,” he said.
On calls for him to immediately call for a convention, Dr Mumba said he had a five year mandate to run the MMD during which time he would uphold the party Constitution.
“Those calling for a convention should know that it doesn’t work like that. I have a five year mandate and I don’t understand why people are in a hurry to call for a convention,” he said.
On members calling for Dr Mumba’s resignation, he said it was not for them to say they did not want him.
“I was voted for by the grassroots. Those are just innocent street people that they are using to destabilize the party. Just because I am a Pastor people think they can destabilize the party. There is no back door entry,” he said.
Dr Mumba said he would uphold the Constitution and MMD would remain a democratic party under his leadership.
The MMD had since started mobilizing itself and within a few days, the party would hold a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
He dismissed allegations that he was seeking an ambassadorial job from the PF Government.
“I never joined politics for a Job. I am in this to serve the Zambian people. Am on a mission to change the face of Zambian politics and assist develop the country. Am not satisfied until my country sees a
better day,” he said.
Meanwhile three people have been arrested in connection with the harassment of MMD President Nevers Mumba and MMD secretariat staff.
Lusaka province police chief Charity Katanga said police received the reports from Dr Mumba on Wednesday and yesterday.
Ms Katanga said that before Dr Mumba reported the case on Wednesday, some youths went to the police to get a permit that the MMD president would be addressing them at the MMD secretariat when it was in fact not true.
The three suspects are being held at Woodlands police station and police are investigating the matter further.
She warned that police would not allow the harassment of Dr Mumba and the MMD staff and police would handle the matter to its logical conclusion.