THE MMD has advised home affairs minister Stephen Kampyongo to get a clear understanding of the status of the party leadership.
In a statement yesterday, MMD spokesperson Dr Cephas Mukuka restated that Felix Mutati was not the president of the party but remains an expelled member.
Mutati leads a faction of MMD that purported to elect him president at a convention in Kabwe, which was not sanctioned by the former ruling party’s national executive committee.
The matter of the party leadership is currently in court.
On Saturday September 29, the Mutati faction held a card renewal exercise in Chipata where Mutati said as MMD president he would use 50 per cent of his salary as Minister of Works and Supply to organise the former ruling party.
But Mukuka stated that the said meeting was not an MMD gathering, but an illegal event meant to undermine the courts of law.
“We wish to restate our party’s position that Mr Mutati remains an expelled member of the party, whose expulsion was confirmed by the High Court in March 2016. He is not the president of the MMD. Anyone who insists on calling him president of the MMD is undermining the courts of law,” he said.
Mukuka stated that the MMD distances the party from the “desperate efforts” of a few selfish and desperate individuals who believe that they could abuse and disregard the courts because they hold a position in government as the case was with Mutati.
“We further wish to commend and confirm that the police high command had rejected the group’s application for a permit, citing the fact that it would be contemptuous for the meeting to proceed when the subject of the MMD was a live matter in court. They advised Mr Mutati to be patient and wait for the court’s final determination of the case in the month of October when the case comes up for final determination. As a party, we are deeply concerned at the action of a named minister [in apparent reference to Kampyongo], who single-handedly reversed the well researched, legal position of the police and gave the illegal group permission to proceed with the meeting,” he stated.
Mukuka stated that it was clear that the desperation of Mutati was meant to frustrate the upcoming court process by causing as much confusion as possible before the courts pass the final judgment on why he continues to front himself as leader of the party when MMD had a legitimate leadership under Nevers Mumba.
“As a party, we condemn the blatant disregard for the law by the imposters who held the just ended meeting in Chipata and we further appeal to the minister who overturned the well informed decision of the police to peruse through the papers at court to get a clear understanding of the status of the MMD. May the rule of law guide our nation,” stated Mukuka.