MMD bans 2011 debates

Katele Kalumba (In black jacket)

Katele Kalumba (In black jacket)

The Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) has curtailed its members from debating about the 2011 general elections and the party convention.

MMD National Secretary Katele Kalumba says the party will not allow people to continue debating the 2011 general elections as debates were becoming counter-productive to the party and to national development.

Dr Kalumba told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that discussions and debates on the 2011 general elections and the possibility of holding a convention were dangerous and ill-timed.

He said as the Party’s National Secretary, he will not entertain any debates or discussions of the 2011 general elections and the possibility of the Party holding a convention as the debates had proved to be hazardous and counter-productive to ruling Party.

“”Those who truly love the MMD Party must stop debating the 2011 general elections and the possibility of the Party holding a convention because this is not promoting unity in the Party,” Dr Kalumba said.

Dr Kalumba was reacting to some calls from a section of the society and the MMD Party members who are demanding that the MMD Party should allow MMD Party President, President Rupiah Banda, to be challenged at the convention.

Yesterday Former Defence Minister George Mpombo backed calls that President Rupiah Banda be allowed by the MMD National Executive Committee (NEC) to be challenged at a convention, instead of adopting him as a sole candidate without the opposition.

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