The Lusaka High Court last night granted an injunction to MMD National Secretary Muhabi Lungu and Deputy National Secretary Chembe Nyangu restraining party President Nevers Mumba from expelling them.
Lusaka High Court Judge In-charge Isaac Chali has also restrained the newly appointed National Secretary Mwansa Mbulakulima and his deputy Winnie Zaloumis from performing their duties until the matter is heard inter-parte this morning.
The injunction also restrains the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) from receiving nomination papers from MMD President Nevers Mumba until the party’s National Executive Committeeratifies the candidature.
And MMD National Secretary Muhabi Lungu has written to the ECZ to have the MMD file the nomination on Tuesday after the NEC meeting to be held on Monday.
Yesterday, Mr Nyangu has described Dr Mumba’s action as illegal because the party president has no power to expel anyone from the party and that only the national executive committee (NEC) has the capacity to do so.
Reacting to the expulsion, Mr Nyangu accused Dr Mumba of destroying the MMD and treating it like a ‘Kantemba’.
If Dr Mumba wanted to make money using the MMD, Mr Nynangu said he should just go ahead without victimising others.
He said the MMD was a democratic party but was being destroyed by Dr Mumba who was treating the party as his own.
The MMD NEC had discovered that Dr Mumba was not sellable and would lose the forthcoming presidential election, hence the move to bring in Mr Banda.
Mr Nyangu said the MMD was run constitutionally. Political parties should be allowed to choose leaders and courts should not be allowed to impose leaders on political parties.
“Dr Mumba will not get support from any one. If you impose a leader, Nevers Mumba will be the last in this coming election. We are all moving away and will leave the MMD for him,” he said.