Former ruling United Democratic Front(UDF) officials on Wednesday failed to hold their scheduled national executive committee meeting at the party’s headquarters in Limbe after their effort to vacate the injunction against the gathering hit a blank wall.
An executive member of one of the party’s factions Humphrey Mvula obtained an injunction Tuesday night through High Court judge Healey Potani restraining the meeting from taking place.
They argued that the meeting was illegal because it was organized without the party’s consent.
The party’s Secretary-General Kennedy Makwangwala had called for the meeting last week which he said was aimed to iron out problems rocking the party.
The announcement of the meeting was made through a press release in which he announced that he have dissolved all the current positions in the party.
The development angered some party officials who later announced at a press briefing that they have dismissed Makwangwala alongside one the party’s 2014 presidential hopeful Atupele Muluzi at the same time suspended the party’s founder and former country’s president Bakili Muluzi.
But both Makwangwala and Atupele have played down their dismissals saying the process lacked protocol and was done out of malice.
“It is sad to hear that some party officials are organizing meetings with intention to demonize others. I wonder if what they are saying is serious. This is time for the party to sort out its internal problems and not for divisions,” said Atupele.
They vowed to go ahead with the scheduled meeting and asked disgruntled members of the faction to attend and discuss about the issue face to face.
But efforts by their lawyer Kalekeni Kaphale to vacate the injunction proved futile when Judge Potani said it was difficult to lift the injunction in the absence the other party.