The Electoral Commission of Zambia says it will proceed with processing Dr Nevers Mumba’s nomination to stand as presidential candidate for the MMD in the August elections.
ECZ Spokesman Chris Akufuna said in an interview that as far as far as the Commission is concerned Dr Mumba has paid the nomination fee for this August elections.
He said the Commission accepted Dr Mumba’s nomination fee in good faith because he was the bonafide leader of the party.
Mr Akufuna said whatever has happened in the MMD regarding the legal battles is for the party leadership to resolve.
“As the Commission, we accepted Dr Mumba’s nomination fee in good faith and that was before the court ruling or judgment or is it the Convention had not been held and it is now the matter for the MMMD to resolve,” Mr Akufuna said.
He added, “On Saturday, we are meeting all the presidential candidates for a briefing at the InterContinental Hotel for a briefing and if there will be any other development, it will be discussed there but for now we will proceed as planned.”
And MMD President Nevers Mumba says former President Rupiah Banda is a disappointment to the country.
Dr Mumba says Mr. Banda is repeating what he did in 2015 by trying to destabilize the MMD once again.
He says the convention that elected Felix Mutati as president is not MMD, but the Rupiah Banda party.
Dr. Mumba states that MMD remains united the more reason certain provinces did not even attend the Kabwe convention.
He says the 51 members of the party’s National Executive Committee are still solidly behind the legal and legitimate MMD leadership led by himself.
Dr. Mumba states that the people that held the convention on Saturday are doing what they are doing because the ruling PF is supporting them to break the law.