4 December 2012

Zambia: Cops Search Party Leader's Residence

POLICE yesterday searched MMD leader Nevers Mumba's residence as they intensified the hunt for MMD cadres that allegedly assaulted MMD national secretary Richard Kachingwe.

In a related development, Police apprehended MMD Lusaka Province chairperson Watson Mtonga in connection with the assault of Major Kachingwe at the party secretariat on Saturday.

Lusaka Commissioner of Police Joyce Kasosa confirmed the search at Dr Mumba's Kabulonga home which took place around 17:00hours yesterday.

Details of the investigation could only be released once the matter had been concluded.

"Yes, I can confirm that officers went to search the residence of Dr Mumba but I have no further details to give as of now, but I will issue a comprehensive statement once investigations have been concluded but we carried the search," Ms Kasosa said.

On Mtonga, Ms Kasosa said he was currently in detention and that Police were still looking for his alleged accomplices.

"We have so far only apprehended one suspect, a Mr Mtonga who is in detention, we have not yet charged him as officers are still in the field searching for more culprits," Ms Kasosa.

Meanwhile, Dr Mumba said he was scheduled to hold a media briefing today to reveal 'misdeeds' by the national secretary.

Dr Mumba said he did not want to give piece-meal information hence his decision to hold a media briefing on the matter.

"I won't comment today. I don't want to give answers in piece meal. I will probably issue a comprehensive statement tomorrow," he said.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) is on the other hand planning a meeting to try and save the opposition party from collapsing.

MMD vice president in-charge of political affairs, Michael Kaingu said in a separate interview yesterday that the NEC was capable of resolving the differences that had caused a serious crisis division in a party that spearheaded reintroduction of multi-party politics in 1991.

"The party chairperson, Kabinga Pande has issued instructions calling for a NEC meeting and we will be holding it soon to address the stand-off between Major Kachingwe and Dr Mumba. Our party constitution is very strong and we will handle these problems," Dr Kaingu said.

And featuring on Muvi Television's The Assignment programme dubbed 'The Future of MMD' on Sunday evening Maj Kachingwe warned that the chaos in MMD would lead to the demise of the party if Dr Mumba continued to rule party affairs.

Maj Kachingwe said Dr Mumba had created problems in the party and allegedly failed to reorganise it.

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