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Aford seeks legal redress to leadership wrangles

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BY FAITH KAMTAMBE:

The Enock Chihana camp of the Alliance for Democracy (Aford) is seeking legal redress in a bid to resolve leadership wrangles that have rocked the party.

Frank Mwenifumbo and Chihana both claim to be legitimate leaders of the party.

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The situation has resulted in the two representing the party at different events.

Lawyer of the Chihana camp, Gilbert Khonyongwa, said there is need to identify the individual who will be on the ballot in the 2019 elections.

He said in an interview that the situation has gone out of hand as the two members are sometimes invited to one function to represent the party as presidents.

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“It is the desire of both parties that the issue should come to an end and I am sure that, if the issue is presented before the court, it [the court] will be able to determine who the rightful Aford [leader] is,” he said.

The two camps held separate conventions earlier this year after they failed to agree on key issues at the party’s national indaba.

Recently, when Parliament was in session, some legislators were referring to Mwenifumbo as Aford president while others were recognising Chihana as party Czar.

But speaker of the National Assembly, Richard Msowoya, said Parliament only recognises the two as members of the party.

Mwenifumbo was not immediately available to comment on the matter.

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