4 December 2012

Zambia: RB's Still MMD President - Andeleki

RECORDS at the office of Chief Registrar of Societies indicate that former Republican President Rupiah Banda is still MMD president.

At the same time, MMD president Nevers Mumba is recognised as leader of the Reform Party (RP) and that his opposition party had not been dissolved.

Documentation obtained in Lusaka yesterday showed that RP had not been deregistered or dissolved and that Dr Mumba was still heading the party.

In a letter dated, September 27, 2012, referring to the change of office bearers of the MMD following party elections, Mr Andeleki said the party had not notified his office about the change of office holders.

"I write to refer to the above captioned subject matter and I notice that despite you holding elections on May 25, 2012 and changed office bearers, you have to date not filed any documents to my office to change office bearers.

"As you are aware, the Societies Act requires that you notify my office within 14 days from the date of such change of office bearers," Mr Andeleki stated.

Mr Andeleki said records still showed that Mr Banda was the party leader.

The Chief Registrar did not recognise Dr Mumba because of his dual membership and had requested the MMD to resolve the matter.

"Dr Mumba is therefore not recognised as MMD president as he had neither dissolved the Reform Party (RP) nor relinquished his position as Party president nor has there been correspondence that he was the new MMD president.

"You must notice that failure to notify my office of change of office bearers constitutes an offence punishable under the Societies Act.

However, as we had discussed earlier, I hope you have resolved the matter pertaining the dual membership of Dr Mumba," Mr Andeleki said.

Mr Andeleki had ordered the party to notice his office of the changes within 21 days from the date the letter was written to the MMD, but that had not been done.

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