6 December 2012

Zambia: Speak Out Against Nevers, Mung'omba Challenges

FORMER Science and Technology Deputy Minister in the MMD administration, Given Mung'omba has challenged senior officials in the former ruling party to speak out against wrongs allegedly being perpetrated by party leader Nevers Mumba.

Mr Mung'omba, who was losing MMD parliamentary candidate in the last by-election in Mpulungu, has also backed expelled MMD national secretary, Richard Kachingwe's decision to invalidate the election of Dr Mumba as party president.

He said in an interview that he was still a devoted member of the MMD but now felt a "sense of hopelessness" from the time Dr Mumba assumed the party presidency.

The former deputy minister urged senior MMD members not to "shy away or feel intimidated" but rise to the occasion and save the party from collapse.

Mr Mun'gomba named some of the senior members who should "rescue" the party as Keembe Member of Parliament (MP) Ronnie Shikapwasha, vice-president for administration Brian Chituwo, and Felix Mutati, who is Lunte MP.

Others are Mafinga MP Catherine Namugala, Moses Muteteka for Chisamba, and deputy national secretary Chembe Nyangu.

He said Major Kachingwe stood on firm ground and in line with the party constitution when invalidating Dr Mumba's presidency.

"Major Kachingwe was right to have pointed out that Dr Mumba's dual affiliation to both the MMD and the Reform Party was an error which should not have made him qualify to stand in the party elections," Mr Mun'gomba said.

The former parliamentarian called on Maj Kachingwe to disclose the identity of the "corrupt barons" that he alleged were funding the MMD.

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