MMD founding members have given party president Nevers Mumba a seven-day ultimatum to correct the “illegality” of tolerating the MMD Die-hard youth wing headed by suspended Bowman Lusambo or face legal action. The founding members’ representative Joe Mwale told the Daily Mail yesterday that party elders were incensed to learn that the party leadership allegedly abandoned the secretariat on Monday for fear of being lynched by Mr Lusambo’s group. “If the MMD doesn’t correct this situation, we are taking the matter to court. This leadership has embraced an illegality,” Mr Mwale said. He said Mr Lusambo is a “hired gun” who does not belong to any party structure and his wing is not provided for in the party constitution. Mr Mwale said the founding members are major stakeholders in the MMD and will not watch the party go into extinction. “We met Nevers Mumba and his leadership today to give them direction. There are divisions in the MMD but we need to protect the party from collapse,” he said. Mr Mwale said the reality on the ground is that the MMD is sinking. “I feel sad that the MMD is sinking and as elders, we have decided to come together to discuss the way forward,” Mr Mwale said. He said all the MMD founding members countrywide will soon gather in Lusaka to discuss the woes afflicting the party. And Dr Mumba said he was grateful that Mr Mwale and other elders gave the party counsel. “We receive counsel from senior citizens. They are welcome to advise us. That’s what will make the party grow,” Dr Mumba said. On Mr Lusambo’s status in the MMD, Dr Mumba responded: “I cannot tell you why we have maintained Mr Lusambo but the party is dealing with that.” Mr Lusambo was recently suspended from the MMD for attacking the party leadership, accusing them of trying to hound Dr Mumba out of the party presidency.