The Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) National Executive Committee has resolved not to hold a convention this year and has mandated their President Nevers Mumba to hold further discussion with Republican President Edgar Lungu on modalities of the proposed alliance.
This is contained in a communique released to the media this afternoon.
Below is the full communique
COMMUNIQUÉ ON MMD NEC MEETING ON 30TH JANUARY 2016
The Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) National Executive Committee (NEC) on the 30th of January 2016 met at Mika Convention Center in Meanwood Area of Lusaka and resolved the following:
The meeting resolved by unanimous vote of 7 out of 10 provinces and 33 out that 42 NEC members that there shall be no MMD convention in 2016 to elect any office bearers because the term of office of the president is five years from 25th May 2012 to 2017. The meeting noted that the NEC has powers to set the date of the convention as it sees fit as per MMD Constitution in Article 19(f), (g) and (h).
There were legal opinions presented in the meeting from two State Counsels and a Constitutional lawyer. Upon their recommendations, the meeting resolved that the next MMD convention to elect both the President and the NEC members shall be held in 2017 at a date to be decided and announced by the NEC.
The MMD president briefed the meeting concerning the proposed alliance with the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) as per announcement by the Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu that he has been in touch with Dr Nevers Sekwila Mumba.
The meeting resolved to mandate the MMD president to have discussions with the Republican president on the modalities of the proposed alliance and report back to the NEC for continued negotiations.
3. NEW NEC MEMBERS
The meeting also elected 8 new NEC members as follows:
1. Hon. Allan Mbewe as Chairman Elections
2. Mr Stephen C Mukuka as Chairman Mining and Mineral Resources
3. Mrs Rosemary Lupando Mwape as Trustee
4. Mrs Maggie Mulela as Chairperson Tourism
5. Ms Mary Chileshe as Chairperson Local Government and Housing
6. Mrs Lizzy Kapito as Chairperson Labour and Social Services
7. Mr Malama Sokoni as NEC Member
8. Mr Greenford Kalinda as NEC Member