Wrangles in the former ruling party the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) have taken a new twist as a new faction propagating for a new President of the party away from the two faction leaders.
The faction which is led by outspoken former PF Matero law maker Faustina Sinyangwe wants a new President to take over from Felix Mutati whom they are saying has gone to the PF.
Ms Sinyangwe who claims to be the MMD National Chairperson has contacted a number of provincial committee chairpersons and senior members from the two factions to call for an extra-ordinary convention to choose a new President of the Party because the MMD Constitution doesn’t allow for the President of the party to serve in a different Government.
The call comes in the wake of serious calls by provincial officials on the Copperbelt to remove Felix Mutati from presidency citing the fact that he has sold the party to the PF.
Ms Sinyangwe said the MMD president Mutai has defied the party constitution by accepting a position in the Patriotic Front government, hence as “Chairperson” she will announce his replacement who will be acting or else hold an extraordinary convention to fill up the vacancy.
This means another Secretariat will be opened as the official MMD Secretariat making the total number of MMD Secretariats three with one in midway belonging to embattled president Dr Nevers Mumba.
The former ruling MMD since losing power in 2011 through it’s President Rupiah Banda has not seen the light of day without tensions, divisions, and massive infighting because of the large membership it commands across the country.
It has become a target of many opportunistic politicians who wish to revive their political careers because of the MMD’s existent strong party structures throughout the country.
The late PF president Michael Sata contested to deregister the MMD shortly after winning the general elections because of fears that it may bounce back to power owing to its strong structures.