The Felix Mutati faction has gone a step further in their quest for a national party convention with the inspection of the venue which has been slated for Kabwe Mulungushi Rock of Authority on May 20 to elect new office bearers.
‘Suspended’ MMD spokesperson Raphael Nakachinda yesterday led journalists to the venue while insisting that a convention would be held on May 20.
Mr Nakachinda said in an interview yesterday in Kabwe at the Mulungushi Rock of Authority after inspecting facilities at the institution that the holding of the Convention was in the best interest of not only party members but also Zambians to embrace intra-party democracy.
He said he had sent invitation letters to party president Dr Nevers Mumba and other political parties such as UPND, PF and FDD as well as the diplomatic corps. He further stressed that he had circulated a memo to the 1,655 party members.
“I am not a suspended member of the MMD. Those are manoeuvres by Dr Mumba. I am still a member of the party.
We have sent invitation letters to other political parties and Dr Mumba too but it’s up to him to either attend or abscond,” he said.
He accused some MMD members of trying to stop Mulungushi University management to allow them hold a convention.
Mr Nakachinda said that he had got a quotation and expressed happiness with the facilities of the venue, stating that a convention would go ahead as scheduled as all the necessary logistics were in place.
“Our members have been contributing to the successful holding of the convention and from other well-wishers who want to see intra-party democracy, and beyond as we are the mother of democracy,” he said.
Mr Nakachinda said he was an original ‘true blue’ and stated that a convention would be held as all the ten provinces would be represented.
And MMD Central Province chairman Chileshe Kangwa said all preparations to hold a successful convention were in place and that it was the only sure way of advancing democracy.
On the other hand, Acting MMD spokesperson Reuben Sambo has always insisted that there would be no convention before the August 11 general elections.
Zambia Daily Nation