MMD leader Nevers Mumba has been granted an injunction by the Lusaka High Court restraining the party National Executive Committee (NEC) from suspending him.
Judge Chalwe Mchenga has ordered MMD secretary general Muhabi Lungu and his agents to stop interfering with Dr Mumba’s discharging of his duties and functions as MMD president until further notice.
Mr Lungu and his agents stand to be cited for contempt of court should they decide to disobey the court’s order.
“It is hereby ordered that the application for an order of interim injunction is hereby granted and the defendant and his agents whosoever called are restrained from interfering with the plaintiff’s right to perform the functions of party President of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy until further notice,” read part of Mr Justice Mchenga’s order which carries a penal notice.
Mr Justice Mchenga further ordered an inter-parte hearing of the party on November 28, 2014.
Dr Mumba on Monday dragged Mr Lungu on behalf of the MMD seeking an interim injunction to stop NEC from suspending him from the party.
He also asked the court to order the MMD NEC to reinstate him as the party president following his purported suspension from the party.
Dr Mumba has charged that his purported suspension as party president was wrongful, illegal, as well as null and void.
He stated in his writ of summons that he was a duly elected president of the MMD through an extra ordinary convention in 2012 after then party president Rupiah Banda resigned, following his defeat in the 2011 general election.
Dr Mumba further stated that all was well in the rank and file of the party membership and structures until two weeks following the death of President Michael Sata when the issue of who was to run for the Republican Presidency on the MMD ticket arose.
Times of Zambia