Three MPs of the opposition MMD party – Felix Mutati, Elijah Muchima and Anne Munshya Chungu – have gone to court to challenge their party president Nevers Mumba’s decision to enter into an alliance with the ruling PF party. The three MPs believe that the party’s National Executive Committee’s refusal to hold a convention is unconstitutional. “More than 90% of the current NEC of the MMD consists of nominated members. Out of 43 so-called NEC members, who attended the meeting on 30 January [at which the alliance was given a go-ahead], only 3 were elected at the convention in 2011”, they argued in a statement last week.
… and gets expelled from the MMD
The opposition MMD party has expelled its Lunte MP Felix Mutati for secretly working with the opposition UPND party. MMD president Nevers Mumba is thus seeking to strengthen his hold of the MMD following his decision to accept an alliance with the ruling PF party. Mutati and other MPs had challenged the alliance in court, arguing that the MMD should first hold a convention to elect – not just nominate – new party leaders. According to the MPs, more than 90% of the MMD’s National Executive Committee (NEC) consists of nominated members. Mumba was elected MMD president in 2012, beating his closest rival, Felix Mutati, by a large margin.
Apparently, all MMD’s provincial chairpersons and their district officials congregated at the party secretariat in Lusaka this week to petition party leaders to reject calls for a national convention, reported Lusaka Times.
MMD has also suspended its Spokesman Raphael Nakacinda for similar reasons, and replaced him with Reuben Sambo in an acting position. In addition, the NEC elected five new NEC members, namely Friday Kashiwa (deputy national treasurer), Chilekwa Munkonge (chairman of commerce, trade and industry), Rose Zimba (national women’s secretary), Lisa Pasi (national women’s chairlady) and Christine Mangonono (ordinary member).