8 December 2012

Zambia: Nevers' Bid Flops

MMD president Nevers Mumba's bid to resolve his dual political party membership yesterday backfired when he failed to reconcile the issue during a meeting with Chief Registrar of Societies, Clement Andeleki.

Meanwhile, another blow has struck Dr Mumba's trouble-torn party following the resignation of MMD Lusaka District chairperson, Donald Chilufya.

"I have resigned because of the hooliganism and disorientation that Dr Mumba has brought to the party," Mr Chilufya said.

Dr Mumba in a "private" meeting with the Chief Registrar of Societies asked if the matter of his dual membership could be resolved, but he was reminded that the issue was before the courts of law.

The embattled MMD leader is still recognised as president of Reform Party (RP), which is still a registered entity with the Registrar of Societies.

Mr Andeleki confirmed in an interview that during the meeting held for more than 30 minutes, Dr Mumba attempted to address some of the contentious issues surrounding the MMD.

"I had a closed-door meeting with him (Dr Mumba) where he addressed several issues, one of them being his dual membership to the MMD and RP, but I told him that the issue is now beyond me as it is already before the courts, so I told him my hands are tied," Mr Andeleki said.

He said his major concern was the issue of non-payment of statutory obligations, but that the former ruling party settled the balance of K90 million late Thursday afternoon.

He said he had no grudge against the MMD but wanted it, like any other organisation registered under his office, to ensure timely payment of statutory dues.

Mr Andeleki said following the payment of the fees, the two parties had commenced business on a fresh footing.

"I also told him that the Patriotic Front was up to date with its obligations and so was the UPND (United Party for National Development).

"The PF has paid for all their offices in the districts and on that score I told him that if he wanted proof, he could pay a search fee to enable him check the records for confirmation," Mr Andeleki said.

On the other end, Dr Mumba said he held a meeting with Mr Andeleki to remind him that the office of the Registrar of Societies was for all Zambians and not for President Michael Sata and the PF.

"Now that we have settled the outstanding balance, there is nothing to worry about and I would like to emphasise that the office of the registrar is a public office as the people who work here are paid from taxpayers' money," Dr Mumba said.

He said he resigned from the Reform Party in 2008 and that he had nothing to do with it anymore.

Dr Mumba declined to comment on the appointment of Kapembwa Simbao as MMD national secretary, stating that the issue had been resolved and his party was now concentrating on reorganising itself.

Meanwhile, Mr Chilufya said confusion had rocked the MMD leaving him with no option but to resign.

He said in an interview that he was disappointed with the hooliganism he witnessed during last Saturday's beating of expelled national secretary Richard Kachingwe at the party secretariat.

He said following divisions and poor leadership vision being exhibited by Dr Mumba, there was a "slim" chance of the MMD to redeem itself.

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