A concerned group has emerged within the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) protesting against several unconstitutionalities to the run up to their convention on the 24th- 26th July, 2009.
The group spoke to the press on Saturday at Stop Press. They said the leadership of the party is not following the constitution of the PMDC as they continue to undermine the progress of the party.
David Sama, one of the candidates for the National Public Relations post said that all current positions at the party have expired and that according to their constitution, elections for all Executive positions ought to have been conducted before April 2009.
‘’But contrary to this requirement, the leadership of the party continues to extend its hold on power albeit in a deliberate attempt to act as candidates and electoral officers at the same time, thereby manipulating the outcome of the elections pending the national conference’’
The group also mentioned the issue of accountability, transparency and probity within the party with the current acting Financial Secretary of the party acting as both Finance Officer and Treasurer without operating a proper, open and audited accounting system through the national banks.
They also questioned how some party national executives decided without a proper quorum and with non- national executive council members on matters of the party for several months.
The group further accused the leadership of the party of not showing concern in taking heed to the PPRC’s advice in dealing with internal conflict resolution mechanisms that will guide the future activities of the PMDC. ‘’Indications are that the leadership is bent on preventing a leadership contest in 2009 against the party’s Constitution and due process; hence, the leadership’s refusal or neglect in conducting primary elections for the leadership position in the event that more than two candidates aspire for the leadership position before the forthcoming conference, pursuant to Article V111 (e) of the party’s Constitution’’ they stated.
The leadership of the PMDC was also accused of using unscrupulous and dubious methods in selecting delegates for the coming convention without adhering to the requirements of the Party’s Constitution and without determining also all petitions before the delegates’ selection process.
The group however said they will go to the convention but did not state what action they will take if their concerns are not addressed.