28 December 2012

Zambia: Copperbelt MMD Disowns Nevers

THE MMD on the Copperbelt has passed a vote of no confidence in their president Nevers Mumba and demanded that the National Executive Committee (NEC) should dissolve immediately.

MMD chairpersons representing seven districts on the Copperbelt announced the resolution during a media briefing in Kitwe yesterday.

A new leadership team, the district leaders said, should be constituted to start on a fresh note.

District leaders from Chingola, Kalulushi, Chililabombwe, Chambishi, Mufulira and Kitwe said failure to dissolve the MMD NEC would prompt more than 900 members to resign from the former ruling party in 90 days.

Chingola District chairperson Jackson Kawaya, who read out the resolutions, said Copperbelt members were demanding the immediate holding of a national convention to usher in new leadership.

Mr Kawaya said all suspensions and expulsions should immediately be stopped.

He said the suspension of Kitwe chairperson William Nyirenda and his Mufulira counterpart Winter Chilekwa was null and void.

"The issue of Dr Mumba and suspended national secretary Richard Kachingwe should be discussed by NEC, including the issues surrounding MMD MPs who are resigning from the party," he said.

Other district officials who attended the briefing were Obby Mwansa (Chambishi), Spartan Musowoya (Kalulushi), and Rosemary Chishala, who is the women's chairlady for Chambishi.

Veronica Manenga, who is secretary for women's affairs in Chingola, and Godwin Muyambo, the chairperson for Chililabombwe were also present.

Mr Kawaya said if the resolutions would not be implemented, more than 900 members would resign.

He said allegations that the MMD leaders on the Copperbelt were benefitting from the K1 billion from the Patriotic Front (PF) were unfounded.

Meanwhile, Dr Mumba has maintained that K1 billion was paid to some of his party members to destabilise the opposition party and vowed to continue holding public meetings around the country.

Dr Mumba was on Wednesday arrested in Kitwe in relation to remarks that the PF had injected K1 billion to destablise his party.

Police charged with the offence of conduct likely to cause a breach of peace.

And Dr Mumba also said a number of party members had been issued with disciplinary letters while others were yet to receive them for contravening the party's disciplinary code.

He was speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday.

Dr Mumba dared the police again by issuing a similar statement at the party secretariat in Lusaka yesterday.

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