Addressing journalists after holding an NEC meeting at the party secretariat in the absence of Dr Mumba, MMD Vice President for administration Brian Chituwo said failure to admit that the MMD is dying a slow and painful death will be gross injustice to many Zambians who regard the former ruling party as the only political home to participate in the governance of the nation.
Dr. Chituwo explains that according to the party constitution, if three provinces have petitioned to convene an extra ordinary convention, upon receipt of two thirds of the provincial petition, the party should go for a convention within thirty days.
He says the party is still waiting for petitions from provinces and upon receipt of the required petitions; they will convene an extra ordinary convention to elect new leaders.
He states that since the general elections of September 2011, the MMD has continued losing membership to other political parties and has reached a stage where it is irresponsible of any one of the party leadership to continue in state of business as usual.
Dr Chituwo says several provincial executive committees are in the process of petitioning the party chairman with a view of re invigorating the party leadership in order to retain the party membership.
Speaking at the same event, former Petauke Member of Parliament Dora Siliya, who is also a NEC Member, says the party should not ignore the fact that it is dying and that the current party leadership has failed the membership and thus the need to
go for an extra ordinary convention.
And former Solwezi central Member of Parliament Lucky Mulusa says there is no need to doubt that the party is currently facing a lot of challenges at leadership level which need to be ironed out with boldness.
Others who attended the NEC meeting included MMD vice president Michael Kaingu,Senga Hill Member of Parliament Kapembwe Simbao and acting party National Secretary Chembe Nyangu.