5 December 2012

Zambia: Nevers Broke - Kachingwe

EMBATTLED MMD national secretary Richard Kachingwe has charged that party leader Nevers Mumba has no money of his own and that he is allegedly being funded by "corrupt barons."

Major Kachingwe said Dr Mumba's desire to get into State House was so huge that he would do "anything" to achieve his goals.

He said at a media briefing at his residence in Lusaka yesterday that the MMD secretariat was surviving on a shoe-string budget and that it had never received money from proceeds of crime.

"We have never been recipients of the proceeds of crime. If there is anyone who brought money to me, let him speak.

"I want to speak on behalf of the secretariat. We have held on and never have we received proceeds of crime," he said.

As the battle rages for control of the party leadership, Maj Kachingwe scoffed at the National Executive Committee (NEC)'s decision to expel him yesterday.

He said the purported expulsion was illegal, frivolous and, therefore, null and void because the right procedure was not followed.

Maj Kachingwe said he had not been served with a letter of expulsion and that he only learnt about it through the internet.

"The expulsion is illegal, mischievous, frivolous, null and void because procedures were not followed.

"I have not been charged coupled with not being given a chance to be heard, I only read on the internet that I have been expelled," he said.

Maj Kachingwe explained that the party constitution stipulated that an erring official ought to be charged first, then given 10 days to exculpate themselves and be accorded a hearing by a disciplinary committee before the NEC could take action.

He said the NEC had erred by appointing Senga Hill Member of Parliament Kapembwa Simbao to take over his position, sidelining his deputy Chembe Nyangu.

Maj Kachingwe said he did not want to cling to his lost position, but that being a military officer and senior citizen, he would not allow illegality to take root in the country.

Asked what his next course of action after the NEC's decision, Maj Kachingwe said he would proceed with the legal action as he would not get out of MMD on what he termed as illegal means.

"I will not leave the party until Dr Mumba who is an imposter and an illegality in the party is removed. He has hijacked the party, thereby flouting party rules and regulations," he said.

Maj Kachingwe disclosed that his relatives and friends had been advising him to leave the "sinking Titanic", but that posterity would judge him harshly if he did so.

He warned that the former ruling party risked "dying" within three months if Dr Mumba continued at the helm.

He said Dr Mumba allegedly did not know how to reorganise the party, but was only renowned for holding frequent Press conferences and promoting his "punch for punch" slogan even when it was not necessary.

Maj Kachingwe reiterated that Dr Mumba should be arrested along with MMD Die Hard youth wing national coordinator Bowman Lusambo, chairperson for party mobilisation Chiwele Maimisa and Scorpion Kadobi for allegedly orchestrating Saturday's fracas at the party secretariat.

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