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Movement for Multi-Party Democracy may boil over calls for extraordinary convention (Video)


The opposition Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) is facing mounting pressure to hold an extraordinary convention, with the latest demand coming from the Copperbelt Province.

This follows a petition by the Lusaka Province New Hope MMD Executive, led by Provincial Chairman, Philimon Mwape, to the Registrar of Societies, urging the party to elect a new president as the current president’s tenure has expired.

During a media briefing in Kitwe on Monday, party District Secretary, Brian Lukonde, expressed disappointment with the state of the party, highlighting the lack of representation at the Councillor, Mayor and Member of Parliament levels.

He emphasized that an extraordinary convention, preceded by inclusive intra-party elections up to provincial conferences, was necessary to prepare the party for the 2026 general elections, given that the party president’s two-term tenure had expired.

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“As a party in the district and province, we congratulate Dr. Nevers Mumba on his new role as Special Envoy and appeal to him to honorably relinquish the party presidency,” Lukonde said.

He noted that the Republican Constitution bars anyone from holding two offices – that of a civil servant and a political office.

“I also urge the National Executive Committee (NEC) to call for an unconditional general amnesty,” Lukonde appealed.

He demanded the lifting of all suspensions and expulsions of party members to enable them to freely participate in the forthcoming convention.

National Vice Chairman. Frank Bowa, received the petitions on behalf of the party and assured that he would forward them to the National Secretary, who will subsequently convene a National Executive Committee meeting to discuss the matter.

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