Former ruling party dissolved, chief registrar says
LUSAKA | Zambia’s former ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy has been dissolved for failing to pay registration fees, which could see it stripped of its parliamentary seats, the chief registrar said Wednesday.
Political parties are required to pay annual registration fees, but the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has not paid since 1993 and owes more than $97 million, said Clement Andeleki, chief registrar of societies.
“I have canceled the registration of the MMD for noncompliance with the Societies Act,” he told a news conference in Lusaka.
“The effect of my decision is also to nullify 53 seats in parliament held by the MMD as of today,” Mr. Andeleki said.
The party will retain its seats until the speaker of the National Assembly is notified.