Drama has continued to unfold in the former ruling party the MMD regarding its presidency which has for some time been shrouded in controversy as the campaigns for the 2016 general elections heat up, reports Pan African Journalist Hermit Hachilonde.
The latest episode of the drama is the holding of the controversial MMD convention held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 where former Lunte Member of Parliament Felix Mutati went through unopposed and is now president of the former governing party.
But reacting to the turn of events from the Mulungushi rock of authority where mr Mutati has been declared party president elect, Nevers Mumba maintained that he is still elected president of the MMD whose mandate expires in 2017 saying the election of the former Commerce minister is null and void.
Dr. Mumba added that by virtue of Mr Mutati not being a member of the MMD who was expelled in February this year, the convention which has elected the former Lunte lawmaker is a clear act of criminality and illegality which warrants prosecution in the courts of law.
Dr. Mumba explained that claims that mr Mutati is new MMD president is an act of impersonation and irregularity which deserve to be dismissed with the contempt they deserve.
The outspoken cleric has therefore vowed to wage a robust legal battle to ensure that the Mr Mutati’s election does not see the light of day.
“It is illegal because Mutati is not a member of our party” He said
And commenting on the presence of fourth republican and former MMD party president Rupiah Banda at the convention which as elected Mr. Mutati, Dr Mumba described the act as unfortunate and disappointing.
He said it sad that Mr Banda deemed it fit to attend the function that is ultravires the MMD constitution and had no blessings from the Party’s leadership and National Executive Committee.
“Very unfortunately, we are extremely disappointed” Dr. Mumba said
But former MMD spokesperson, Raphael Nakachinda questioned Dr. mumba’s understanding of an act that constitutes illegality and criminality.
Mr Nakachinda maintained that the conveners of the convention were within the law and did not abrogate any provision of either the party’s or republic constitutions.
He accused Dr Mumba of casting aspersions on the country’s sacred judicial system by suggesting that the judiciary made illegal decisions.
“I don’t know Dr. Mumba’s understanding of criminality and illegality, if he calls this convention illegal, in essence he is calling the judiciary to have made illegal decisions” He said
Meanwhile, Former MMD and Republican President Rupiah Banda has asked former President ruling party President Nevers Mumba to emulate past leaders of the Party and let the will of the people prevail.
And Mr Banda said Dr Mumba was acting like the two women in the Bible who fought for the parenthood of a child with one of the suggesting that the baby should be cut in half so that each one could have her half.
Speaking at the MMD convention in Kabwe shortly after Felix Mutati was declared President of the party after he went through unopposed Mr Banda said Dr Mumba was so undemocratic that he had reached a point were the word democracy meant so little to him.
He said MMD was a democratic party hence members had been patient because they knew that after five years the leadership will be put test hence Dr Mumba should not shy away from the process that made him leader of the Party.
He said Dr Mumba chased all the people he found in NEC who were elected together with him before he stepped down as party leader were replaced by people who were not elected by the membership.
He said it was sad that Dr Mumba had chosen a confrontational route of taking people to Court when he should be promoting the democracy of the country through intra party democracy which is mandatory in the party as the name suggests.
And Mr Banda said he will continue to participate in the affairs of the Party because he was an active member and that it was he right to have say in the running of the former ruling party.
He said he will continue to be a proud member of the MMD till his death because he loved his Party.
Mr Banda also said Dr Mumba should accept the will of the members because continuing to drag the people to Court will not help him as being on the wrong end of the party constitution entails that he will run out of Courts to go to.
He said that if Dr Mumba’s interests are that of that party he should ask for forgiveness from the members for trauma he has caused in the past few months as opposed to fighting the legitimate leadership which has been voted for like the woman in the Bible who wanted to have a child cut into two because that will only expose his destructive intentions towards the party.
He further called on the leadership that will be voted for to forgive the members from the other side and ensure that they work as a unified force in rebuilding the party.
He urged members to “turn the other chick” when provoked because the party can not afford to continue fighting amongst themselves.
He also told delegates that they had made a right decision in voting for Mutati because he was one of the best Ministers he worked with and was the best person to move the party from the desperate situation it was currently facing.
Mr Mutati was declared President of the MMD today after he went through unopposed as party President Nevers Mumba failed to show up at the convention which his efforts to stop the convention through a court process failed.