Government is still keen on de-registering the MMD despite several unsuccessful attempts.
But MMD president Dr Nevers Mumba’s spokesperson Raphael Nakachinda has said it is unfortunate that Lungu is threatening to deregister the party.
Initially, former Registrar of Societies Clement Andeleki unsuccessfully tried to de-register the former ruling party until it appeared things had been resolved.
But after resigning to pursue a seemingly rocky political career, home affairs minister Edgar Lungu appears to have taken over from the task.
On Saturday, Lungu warned MMD to put it’s house in order or else he will invoke his powers to de-register the party.
He said the current split of the MMD is a danger to public order and that he has power under the Societies Act to send the former ruling party to the drain.
“They should put its house in order so that as we go for nominations, there is going to be one MMD and not multiple MMDs because it will be difficult for the commissioner of elections to receive candidates. I warned them that they should put their house in order before filling in otherwise they risk not taking part in these elections and risk going into total extinction,” he said.
Nakachinda said the minister should deal with former MMD national secretary Major Richard Kachingwe’s faction because it is illegal.
He said if Lungu dared to check the records, he will learn that the only MMD is the one led by Dr Mumba.
Nakachinda said it is Lungu’s responsibility to crack down on the other faction using the law.