BLANTYRE--The High Court in Blantyre is Wednesday expected to determine whether or not opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) should proceed with its plans to hold a convention on October 30.
Friday Jumbe, a senior member of the party, applied to the High Court for an injunction to stop the camp led by Kennedy Makwangwala’s from convening the national convention but on Sunday the Court turned down Jumbe’s application.
But still the court will once more hear Jumbe and Secretary General Kennedy Makwangwala and presidential aspirant Atupele Muluzi before making a determination that will likely seal the fate of the convention. Jumbe’s camp argues Makwangwala isn't mandated to convene and manage such national conferences.
“Holding the convention will create serious constitution confusion because it is not the duty of Makwangwala as Secretary General to convene and manage national conferences, rather than the national executive committee," says Jumbe.
Apparently, efforts to bring the two warring camps together have failed. The Jumbe camp says Makwangwala has been uncooperative.
Meanwhile, the party says it's already spent about K18 million for the convention and foreign dignitaries are expected to attend.
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