23 November 2012

Zambia: MMD Youths Threaten Kachingwe

THE rift in the trouble-torn MMD yesterday continued to widen as youths in the former ruling party resolved to lock out National Secretary Richard Kachingwe and his deputy Chembe Nyangu from the party secretariat.

MMD youth coordinator Bowman Lusambo said the youth would today march to the party secretariat to hound out Major Kachingwe and Mr Nyangu from their offices.

Mr Lusambo said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the youth would no longer tolerate Maj Kachingwe's "manoeuvres to undo" MMD president Nevers Mumba.

"Tomorrow (today) we are going to fish him out of the secretariat together with his deputy Chembe Nyangu. We will camp there until the national executive committee (NEC) calls for a meeting to discipline the two senior members," he said.

He said other secretariat staff and NEC members would be allowed to carry on with their duties.

"We will not be intimidated by his military background, what we are saying is that he should respect our party president and the Members of Parliament," he said.

Mr Lusambo said claims by Maj Kachingwe that he was instrumental in keeping the MMD afloat after its defeat by the Patriotic Front (PF) during the September 20, 2011 general elections were not correct.

He charged that members of the party were aware that Maj Kachingwe and President Michael Sata were "old time friends" who had continued working together.

He also charged that Mafinga MP Catherine Namugala and Maj Kachingwe were delaying Dr Mumba's party programmes.

Maj Kachingwe on Wednesday vowed that no 'rogue elements' would hound him out of the former ruling party.

Maj Kachingwe also disclosed at a media briefing that there was a clique in the party which was targeting to destabilise the secretariat.

Maj Kachingwe and Mr Nyangu have in the recent past come under attack from within the party that they were allegedly working with the PF.

But Maj Kachingwe said it was not his style of politics to insult the Republican President as promulgated by some people in the MMD.

He regretted that some people had been accusing him of not issuing strong statements against the PF and President Michael Sata in particular.

Meanwhile, sources within the MMD yesterday revealed that MMD Members of Parliament (MPs) met with Dr Mumba at his residence in the morning to chart the way forward on the impasse in the party.

And MMD chairperson for elections Gabriel Namulambe said members should appreciate that the party had problems which needed to be resolved internally.

Mr Namulambe said in an interview that party members should desist from issuing statements in the media as a way of ironing out problems.

"Let us accept that there is need to sit down and sort out the problems.

There is need to face the problems head on instead of going to the media," he said.

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