MMD convention in top gear

By Nation Reporter

Delegates to the Movement  for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) convention have started arriving in Kabwe, while convenors yesterday successfully filed court action in opposition to the injunction granted against them.

Organisers revealed that delegates from all the provinces were already trooping and registering for the convention which they are confident will proceed for the benefit of the party.

And scores of MMD members last evening continued treking in at the Mulungushi University in readiness for today’s convention pending the court’s ruling on the matter as they seek to usher in a new leadership.

Mr Mbulakulima, who also filed a certificate of urgency in the matter, requested the High Court to quash MMD leader Nevers Mumba’s injunction restraining them from going ahead with today’s convention in Kabwe.

Earlier in the day, embattled MMD president Dr Mumba was granted an interlocutory injunction to restrain Mr Mbulakulima, former Lunte Member of Parliament Felix Mutati,  Ikelenge MP Elijah Muchima and Annie Chungu  from going ahead with the planned convention.

However, the Mbulakulima team later in the day filed in an application to have the injunction quashed, arguing that it lacked merit.

Speaking after filing in, Mr. Mutati said Dr. Mumba had become more desperate because he had realised that the power he was illegally holding on was slowly slipping away from him but advised the members not to panic as everything would be sorted out.

“In the last five days, Dr. Mumba has gone to four different courts seeking to block us. It is clear he doesn’t know what he wants and all this desperation is coming because he has realised that he is losing it. Our lawyer has put in very strong arguments over this matter. We have all the faith in our judiciary and we remain hopeful that our meeting will go ahead tomorrow (today).

“We expect our members to remain steadfast and not to be swayed by Dr. Mumba’s propaganda. He has been phoning our member not to attend the convention but I can tell you that as we are speaking, multitudes of people are arriving in Kabwe and they are more than ready for the convention. This shows that people have rejected him. We know the court will discharge this matter expeditiously,” Mr. Mbulakulima said.

He said Dr. Mumba’s continued fights with the party members who believed in the constitution will not help him because what they were demanding for was what the party had agreed on earlier over the convention.

“I was part of the meeting in which we had initiated preparations for the convention earlier on and the documents are there to show. However, we abandoned the process halfway because Dr. Mumba wanted to consolidate his position but the general membership has refused to bow down to him and this is how even with all his propaganda and lies, we have all these people from all over the country converging in Kabwe.

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