First Lady Esther Lungu greets Lunte MMD member of Parliament Felix Mutati during the Diplomatic Club Gala dinner at InterContinental Hotel in Lusaka on Friday, November 13,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
First Lady Esther Lungu greets Lunte MMD member of Parliament Felix Mutati during the Diplomatic Club Gala dinner at InterContinental Hotel in Lusaka on Friday, November 13,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

THE MMD in Central Province says it will support former commerce minister and Lunte MP Felix Mutati for the party presidency at a convention that must be held soon and later field him as the candidate in next year’s elections.

Provincial vice chairman George Kangwa said it was also the party’s wish that former finance minister and Liuwa MP Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane be Mr. Mutati’s running mate to give the party a formidable team which will secure victory in 2016.

“The MMD leadership in Central Province will support and vote for Hon Felix Mutati as president of the party at the forthcoming party convention and field him as a presidential candidate in the 2016 general elections.

‘‘It is also the wish of the party in the province to have Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane as a running mate for the 2016 general elections,” read a press statement signed by Mr. Kangwa and made available to the Daily Nation in Kabwe.

He said with the support of Central, Eastern, Luapula and Northern provinces which have endorsed Mr. Mutati, it would be easy for him to secure victory.

Mr. Kangwa also said the party has declared a general amnesty to allow members who have gone to or joined other parties to come back and that suspensions imposed on some members have been lifted.

The victims of disciplinary case were free to rejoin MMD and continue in their former positions and enjoy the full membership of the party. Mr. Kangwa however did not state how many members were facing disciplinary action and were free to come back.

The provincial party strongman also lambasted those opposed to the holding of the convention, arguing that it was only the convention which had powers to amend or revoke the party constitution in line with article 13 (e) and that not a single individual, including party president Dr. Mumba.

“We also advise other disgruntled elements who are discouraging members from attending the convention that it is only the convention which has powers to amend or revoke the constitution.

“Article 13 (e) says the party convention has powers to amend or revoke the constitution by secret ballot of two thirds majority of delegates,” reads Mr Kangwa’s statement. MMD president Nevers Mumba could not be immediately reached for a comment.

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  1. Both are mundane… MMD needs a fire brand. Felix and Bo Situmbeko are logical and seem less corrupt but they are not energetic. They cannot inspire the masses at all. They are good in the back ground giving advise not leading … in front

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  2. …for now or even sometime to come MMD has joined the ranks of UNIP…electorates wont be looking at or interested in the name of the candidate but the party…some how I have a feeling that Felix has plenty of skeletons locked up in some wardrobes…his wrestling power from Nevers in a ‘friendly’ coup d’état style will unearth the keys to unlock the wardrobes….watch this space….

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  3. If Nevers is serious and loves MMD, this is his chance to save the party. MMD fashions itself as a Mother of Democracy, let nevers and his henchmen hear the cries of the party and hold a convention to elect new leaders. MMD can be saved. I like what I am hearing from Mutati. And this suggestion of Musokotwane as running mate is great, then Mtolo as SG (to get the east on the side of MMD). I hope Nevers will listen to his conscious and not his pride. Mutati supported HH in the last elections, so why is he abandoning UPND now? He must have seen that HH and UPND are not going anywhere.

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  4. This is what we want to hear. … the combination is great… our economy will be safe… Felix Mutati for president

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