MMD youths in Ndola have petitioned the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to rescind its decision of adopting former republican president Rupiah Banda to contest the presidential elections next year.
The youths say party president Nevers Mumba should be reinstated and must contest the January presidential elections.
The youths say Mr Banda has come through the back door to be adopted for the January 20, 2015 election and the suspension of MMD president Dr Mumba should be reversed.
In a joint statement released at the party’s youth gathering at Kabushi market in Ndola yesterday, the youth have accused Mr Banda of hijacking the former ruling party, which he allegedly abandoned after losing to late President Sata in 2011.
“It has come to light that Mr Banda has come through the back door to hijack our party, which he abandoned at a critical time when the party needed him most,” the statement read and reminded NEC to recall that MMD was almost deregistered by the Registrar of Societies.
“All that MMD went through and lost was rekindled by our able legitimate president Nevers Sekwila Mumba who boldly challenged the leadership of PF and restored the party’s dignity.
“Therefore, we demand immediate reinstatement of Dr Mumba as our party president and only candidate for the forthcoming election as his suspension is unconstitutional and illegal,” they said.
They also charged that the party is founded on democratic tenets and has been the most democratic in the history of Zambia, and as such, this action erodes the public confidence.
Zambia Daily Mail