Embattled Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) President Nevers Mumba has vowed not to step aside for former President Rupiah Banda to contest the January 20 Presidential by-election.
Dr Mumba also said his suspension from the former ruling party is illegal, untenable and utopian because he was duly elected as party president in 2012.
The MMD president said this on MUVI TV last night during an interview on the assignment programme dubbed “MMD, what way forward”.
Dr Mumba said as a dully elected party president, he was not going to succumb to manoeuvres by Mr Banda and his team to hound him from his position.
He stated that there is, there is no provision in the MMD constitution to remove a sitting president dully elected by party members.
Dr Mumba lamented that those advocating for Mr Banda’s return risk making the party unpopular ahead of the presidential by election.
The opposition leader noted that the move to unseat him is detrimental to Zambia’s growing democracy especially when Zambians are calling for a crop of young leaders to manage the affairs of the country.
He declared himself ready to contest the presidential by-elections and urged party members across the country to start campaigning.
Dr Mumba also revealed that his party is in talks with the Untied Party for National Development (UPND) for an alliance ahead of the January 20, 2014, elections.