Movement for Multi-Party President President Nevers Mumba has the National Executive Committee (NEC) will meet after the elections to set shall set dates for the holding of the Party’s National Convention.
In a statement commenting on the the supreme court ruling this week, the MMD leader called upon all MMD members to vote for UPND.
On 3rd August, 2016, the Supreme Court reaffirmed its verbal ruling made on Friday 29th July, 2016 to overturn the Judge Sikazwe Lusaka High Court ruling which the Felix Mutati clique relied upon to hold a convention in Kabwe where Mutati was imposed unopposed as President of the MMD.
Speaking after the formal delivery of the reading of the written judgement by Supreme Court Judge Nigel Mutuna, MMD National Secretary Reverend Reuben Sambo has said this ruling effectively reverted the party leadership to the status quo of what obtained before the Judge Sikazwe ruling with Dr. Nevers Mumba and the MMD NEC at the helm of the party.
The Supreme Court has referred the matter back to the Lusaka High Court for determination of the legality of the Convention as it was not part of the appeal to the Supreme Court.
Reverend Sambo has since requested the Mutati group to now be magnanimous and return all party assets including all motor vehicles that they wrongly confiscated and were now distributing to unauthorized persons including an independent mayoral candidate. He has also requested the group to vacate the Party Secretariat without further delay.
Below is the statement issued by Nevers Mumba
Press Statement by MMD President, Nevers Sekwila Mumba
Following the ruling of the Supreme Court on August 3rd 2016, I would like to make the following statement:
We salute the esteemed Lordships and Her Ladyship judges of the Supreme Court bench for upholding the rule of law by insisting that justice must be dispensed equitably at all times. The setting aside of Judge Sikazwe’s questionable ruling, stabilizes the MMD and reverts to the status quo which existed before Judge Sikazwe became part of this process. The MMD remains squarely in the hands of the Nevers Mumba led National Executive Committee.
In view of this, I wish to re-state the decision of the MMD NEC which sat at Ibis Gardens on 14-15 May, 2016 and the consequent resolution reached by a 95% vote, for the MMD to enter into an alliance with the UPND, which subsequently led to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on May 25th 2016, which culminated into the current Alliance between MMD and the UPND towards this year’s election.
I therefore call upon all our party members, particularly those currently held captive and engulfed in the current confusion raging between the PF and the Mutati led clique countrywide, to come home and vote in numbers in support of our Alliance Presidential Candidate Hakainde Hichilema. This is time to be on the right side of history.
Secondly, I wish to announce that the National Executive Committee of MMD shall meet on or about September 24th to review the events of the past few months including the outcome of the August 11th General Elections and chart the way forward. Additionally, the NEC shall set dates for the holding of the Party’s National Convention as originally planned and will be open to all in order to set a new agenda for the next five years for the MMD. I am confident that these events will outline a new and progressive political future for our great party.
In the meantime, I urge all our members nationwide to do their best in the remaining days, to ensure that together with our Alliance partners, the UPND, we form a new, credible government that shall salvage our country from the current greasy downward slide.
I thank you
NEVERS SEKWILA MUMBA