MMD cadres harassed former national secretary Major Richard Kachingwe and suspended national women’s chairperson Catherine Namugala at the launch of their parallel party secretariat for the party.
The cadres threw empty bottles and other objects at Maj Kachingwe and Namugala forcing them to run for their lives in some shelter.
Later, Major Kachingwe said a group calling itself ‘the real MMD’ was merely trying to reclaim the party from hijackers. He said the established secretariat will oversee operations of parallel structure.
But party president Dr Nevers Mumba’s spokesperson Raphael Nakachinda said Maj Kachingwe’s decision is unlawful.
Maj Kachingwe claimed that they had decided to form a parallel structure because of the misdirection by the leadership of party president Dr Mumba.
“We are still maintaining our positions, we are just taking away the party from the hijackers. We are just creating this secretariat for the real members of the MMD,” he said.
And Namugala said the parallel structure of the MMD will hold a convention to elect new leaders in the next 90 days.
“This party belongs to the people and we are not going to choose a president but we will have a convention in the next 90 days to choose leaders,” Namugala said.
However, Nakachinda said the decision by Maj Kachingwe was contrary to the rules that governs political parties.
“There are laws in this country which govern registered institutions. You can’t just wake up to go and try and do a coup d’état by removing an elected president without following any procedure whatsoever,” he said.