Zambia: Kaingu, Chituwo Differ

The wrangles in MMD have continued to deepen with two vice-presidents of the Party differing over the expulsion of the National Secretary Richard Kachingwe and the dual membership of party president Nevers Mumba.

While MMD vice-president for administration Brian Chituwo condemns the expulsion of Major Kachingwe and calling on the National Executive Committee (NEC) to meet, MMD vice-president for politics Michael Kaingu says the decision by some NEC members at an impromptu meeting held a fortnight ago to expel Maj Kachingwe was final.

Dr Kaingu has maintained that the decision to expel Maj Kachingwe was final and would not be reversed and NEC would not meet to discuss the issue.

Dr Kaingu said in an interview yesterday that the move taken by NEC to expel Maj Kachingwe and reverse the letter to invalidate Dr Mumba's presidency shall not be reversed and discussed at any forum.

"There is no need to call for a NEC meeting to look into the decision that the same NEC members made. It doesn't work like that anywhere in the world. Dr Chituwo was not there when this decision was being made and we won't hold him responsible for the statement he made," he said.

He said the decision to expel Maj Kachingwe and reinstate Dr Mumba was the general consensus of the party members from the top leadership to the grassroot and that the decision was final.

He said the NEC members who made this decision acted based on the feelings of the general membership on the ground.

"I am a vice- president of the party for politics and I am in touch with the people on the grassroot, what was decided by the NEC during the meeting was reasonably accepted by the general membership including those on the grassroot," he said.

He said some members had actually been calling to warn him against fighting the president of the party, saying doing so would not help build the MMD.

Dr Chituwo and MMD chairperson for women Affairs Catherine Namugala held a Press briefing on Saturday to denounce the decision made by some NEC members to expel Maj Kachingwe.

He said it was important for a full NEC meeting to be called for the matter to be discussed amicably as the two decisions made by Maj Kachingwe and Dr Mumba were contrary to the party constitution.

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