High Court allows MMD convention

“YOU cannot stop the will of the people,’’ said the Felix Mutati faction of the MMD after the Lusaka High Court last night paved way for them to hold the much-awaited  convention in Kabwe to recreate a new version of the former ruling party.

‘‘We have said we stand on principle,  friend or no friend, when something is wrong, it must be spelt out as it is,” suspended MMD national secretary  Mwansa Mbulakulima added.

He said there was nothing personal about what was happening to MMD president Nevers Mumba who has fallen out with the membership of the party.

This is after Lusaka High Court judge Eddie Sikazwe last evening granted an application to discharge an injunction earlier made by Dr Mumba who had applied for interlocutory injunction against the holding of a national convention set for this weekend.

Mr Mbulakulma said there was no way anybody could stop the will of the people because members were the major stakeholders in the running and organization of the party.

In his affidavit filed for the discharge of the injunction to allow the convention to go on, Mr Mbulakulima accused Dr Mumba of ‘‘forum shopping’’ as it was not the first time he was running to the courts for protection.

He said the clergyman-turned-politician was running from one court to another in total abuse of the court process

following several attempts which have all failed to stop the party from going ahead with the convention.

MMD delegates from across the country started arriving in Kabwe yesterday in readiness for the much awaited national convention at Mulungushi Rock of Authority.

Delegates from Western, Central, Eastern, Muchinga, Luapula, Copperbelt, Lusaka and North-Western provinces were first to arrive and quickly started to complete registration formalities.

By press time, only delegates from Southern and Northern provinces were still expected.

Outgoing Central Province chairman George Kangwa who was mobilising logistics for the delegates confirmed that preparations for the convention were going on as planned.

Mr. Kangwa also disclosed that the Nevers Mumba-led national  executive committee (NEC) had since been dissolved.

“As you can see, we have all these delegates coming and more are on the way to the convention and it is certainly going to take place,” said Mr. Kangwa.

And a check at the convention centre found scores of police

officers were already stationed there to maintain peace.

The police were screening all delegates to ensure that no offensive weapons were transported into the centre.

Efforts to get in touch with Central Province Commissioner of Police, Lombe Kamukoshi, who earlier this week expressed security concerns, failed.

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