High Court Quashes Attempt to Force De-registration of MMD

Lusaka High Court Judge Jane Kabuka has thrown out an application by the registrar of societies Clement Andeleki to force the de-registertration Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD).

This was during judge on the matter after the MMD contested its de-registration for failure to pay statutory fees to the registrar of societies.

Andeleki had announced the de-registration of the MMD, but Zambia’s former ruling party through national secretary Major Richard Kachingwe and 53 members of parliament contested the de-registration.

The MMD contested its de-registration through lawyers George Kunda and Company and Hobday Kabwe where they sought judicial review so that the court could overturn the decision of the registrar of societies.

Delivering judgement at the Lusaka High Court, Judge Kabuka said the decision by the registrar of societies to de-register the MMD was excessive.

Judge Kabuka said the move to cancel to registration of the MMD was an affront to Zambia’s democracy.

“The registrar of Societies should have asked to MMD to pay a fine because deregistering the party amounts to mutilating Zambia’s democracy,” she said.

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