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.

  • Anthony - 2012-03-17 09:47

    That's great news. Now go and pay your outstanding fees, and continue doing what you were elected to do.

  • Michael McN - 2012-03-17 18:23

    Agreed. A loyal opposition is needed in Zambia as elsewhere to keep the ruling party honest. Had the MMD's opposition enough clout in the '90s, they might never allowed MMD to get so crooked and MMD might yet have won in 2011. What's done is done, though, and messy beds once soiled must be lied upon. So pay up MMD, get right with your constituents and with Zambia, and get on with making the republic better for ALL its citizens, not just the cronies of the powerful.

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