10 July 2012

Zambia: Four File for MMD Vice-Presidency

FOUR candidates have submitted their application for the MMD vice- presidency ahead of the July 15 deadline.

MMD deputy national secretary Chembe Nyangu said the four were Mumbwa Member of Parliament (MP) Brian Chituwo, his Mwandi counterpart Michael Kaingu, Solwezi Central parliamentarian Lucky Mulusa and former Kaoma Central MP Austin Liato.

Mr Nyangu said Dr Chituwo applied for the position of party vice-president in charge of administration while the rest were contesting for the position of vice-president in charge of political affairs.

The quartet had met the requirements such as paying a nomination fee of K7 million and submitting papers before the deadline expired.

"They met the conditions. They are up to date," he said.

He said the July 15 deadline in which to hand in the application remained unchanged and urged those that had not applied to do so.

The party's national executive committee (NEC) was expected to elect the two vice-presidents from among the successful candidates via a secret ballot.

The two party positions were introduced in May when the party held provincial conventions which ushered into office former Republican vice-president Nevers Mumba as its leader.

MMD vice-presidency position had been frozen since 2005 following corruption allegations during campaigns by some candidates ahead of the party's national convention that year.

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