24 December 2012

Zambia: Nevers Succumbs to Pressure Over NEC Meeting

MMD president Nevers Mumba has succumbed to pressure to convene a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting to iron out squabbles that have rocked the former ruling party.

Dr Mumba has directed acting National Secretary, Kapembwa Simbao to call for the NEC meeting.

"I have directed the acting national secretary to call for the NEC meeting so that we can discuss various issues in the party and programme for 2013," Dr Mumba said.

MMD youths threatened to hold demonstrations if Dr Mumba did not call for an urgent NEC meeting.

MMD vice-president for administration Brian Chituwo and chairperson for women's affairs Catherine Namugala have openly criticised party leader Nevers Mumba over squabbles in the party and demanded that a NEC meeting be convened.

Dr Mumba has since banned members from issuing media statements.

"There are members that have continued to issue disparaging remarks in the media,. I have since issued a directive to the acting national secretary to see to it that this is followed. No one should discuss intra-party matters in the Press.

"The national secretary is dealing with members who go to the Press to issue these disparaging remarks and this misconduct will be addressed through the right procedure," Dr Mumba said in an interview yesterday.

Dr Mumba in an apparent reference to Ms Namugala and Dr Chituwo said the party would not tolerate senior members that issue media statements that disparaged the name of the party president and the party.

The MMD leaders reiterated that the Patriotic Front was behind the sponsoring of party

"We will fight these elements that have been sponsored by the PF and very soon they will be exposed. We do have information that the PF has invested heavily in destabilising the MMD," Dr Mumba said.

He said he would continue making decisions that would not please everyone in the party but that it was important for the party to undergo what he referred to as a cleansing process.

"To recreate something, the party needs to be shaken like a boat. Some people in the party will not be happy with certain decisions that I am making but that is normal in any organisation but I will not react further on members that issue disparaging remarks because I have made orders to the acting national secretary," Dr Mumba said.

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