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Mbulakulima disowns MMD lawyers

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CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
MMD national secretary Mwansa Mbulakulima has written to the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) denying that he instructed two law firms to represent the party in a case in which Lunte member of Parliament (MP) Felix Mutati and two others are asking the party to hold a convention to elect a president.
According to a letter of complaint dated March 1, 2016 addressed to the honorary secretary  of Midlands legal practioners’ committee of the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), Mr Mbulakulima said he did not instruct J&M Advocates and Ellis and Company to act on behalf of the party.
“I would like to categorically state that at no point did I on behalf of the MMD instruct the two firms to act for party,” part of the letter reads.
Mr Mbulakulima asked LAZ to deal with the two law firms accordingly as what they did is an abrogation of the association’s rules.
Mr Mbulakulima complained that as national secretary of the MMD, he is charged with the supervision, co-ordination and efficient administration of the activities of the party.
He said he perused the provisions of the legal practitioners’ practice rules and it provides that a practitioner shall not offer services without instructions from a client.
Mr Mbulakulima said he was recently served with a petition filed by Mr Mutati, Ikelengi MP Elijah Muchima and Lufwanyama MP Annie Chungu, in which they wanted the MMD national executive committee (NEC) to call for a convention.
He said stories were carried in the media in which he was quoted as having said the petition had no basis.
“I have had sight of the notice of intention to raise preliminary issues that was filed by Messrs Ellis & Co. and Messrs J&M Advocates and I wish to reiterate that I did not instruct the said law firms to act for and on behalf of the MMD,” the letter reads.


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