The embattled Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) President Dr Nevers Mumba has called on members of the party to ignore the announcement that there will be a convention between the 20th and 22nd of May.
Speaking when he addressed the media in Lusaka Thursday, Dr Mumba said there are people who are using blood money to ascend to the presidency of the party by all means.
In an apparent reference to the Mutati faction, Dr Mumba said some people are using the money they are getting from what is happening in the country to fight his presidency.
He wondered how the Mutati faction has suddenly found money to litter around when the party has been struggling financially.
He further said it was irresponsible for some individuals to pick venerable people from streets and portray them as MMD members when in fact they were not.
He described the faction as imposters who are being used by known elements to take over the party and that he will not step aside because he is the legitimate President of the party adding that no amount will be able to buy the party.
The MMD president further said that the MMD is the party that is holding the political balance for the outcome of the August, 2016 General Elections, hence the wrangles in the former ruling party.
Dr. Mumba revealed that the continued fighting was as a result of the well-known strategic position the MMD holds ahead of the general election.
He said it was therefore not shocking that suspended National Secretary, Mwansa Mbulakulima and others facing disciplinary action from the party, have now re-grouped to use fraudulent and criminal means, including forging documents which they presented before a Court of Law to attempt to take over the leadership of the party.
“The presiding High Court judge examined the documents presented by suspended National Secretary Mbulakulima and ruled that they were improperly filed in the Court and had no legitimacy and therefore refused to sign the Order of Consent to allow the group hold a convention,” Dr. Mumba said.
“It is therefore shocking that upon emerging from the hearing which was held in chambers, Mr. Mbulakulima addressed his rented crowd outside to inform them that the Court had issued a Consent Court Order permitting them to hold a convention and that all the suspended and expelled members had been re-instated, when in fact not,” said Dr. Mumba
Dr Mumba explained that the reason for the briefing was to assure members of the MMD and the nation at large that the party was still intact and in full control under his leadership and the Nec and that expelled and suspended members are just playing immoral politics.
“This meeting is to tell our members nation-wide who have been following these events since yesterday that our colleagues lied before the Courts of law and actually committed a criminal offence by lying that the Court had issued a Consent Order for them to hold a convention when in fact not,” he explained.
Dr. Mumba said it was unfortunate and total mischievous for suspended and expelled members to even set the dates for the convention when the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) resolved not to go for a convention.
“It is criminal, they set a date, all that is fraudulent, criminal and extremely unfortunate for people who want to be in leadership to do that. We want to confirm with our general membership that they must disregard the action with the contempt it deserves; I am president of the MMD and your NEC is still intact. We are not holding any convention as suggested by our colleagues,” he reiterated.
“All they want is power, they have no structures. We are in charge of the MMD as NEC and we made a decision that the convention will be deferred until after the 2016 general elections and that decision stands; every resolution we made stands; so we ask our members to disregard all that is going on with our colleagues because it is just a side-show.”
He said the MMD exists as a party and will strongly participate in the forthcoming general elections, adding that this weekend he would be touring provinces to inspect on the progress the party has made in identifying people to contest in various constituencies on the MMD ticket.
Dr. Mumba said he was now hopeful that, the party has gained strength to be able to stand firm in readiness for the elections.