Zambia's former ruling party wins reprieve

2012-03-17 07:28

Lusaka - Zambia's former ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) won a temporary reprieve Friday after a high court ruled that its dissolution could only be determined by a court.

"The court has granted our party the MMD a stay of execution and I wish to call upon our members to remain calm and united as everything is under control," party chairperson George Kunda told journalists.

The MMD, which ended its 20-year rule in September, was on Wednesday dissolved by the chief registrar of societies over unpaid registration fees, totalling 390 million kwacha ($74 300), dating back to 1993.

"All our members are staying as members of parliament as the registrar of societies has no power to deregister any party," said Kunda who head the party's legal affairs.

The party faced losing its 53 seats in the 150-seat parliament. It had vowed to challenge the decision.

Former president Rupiah Banda who this week stepped down as party leader on Thursday denounced the dissolution, saying it was an attack on democracy.

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