29 December 2012

Zambia: Namugala Vows to Soldier On

MMD Mafinga Member of Parliament Catherine Namugala has vowed not to be silenced through disciplinary action but that she will speak against party leader Nevers Mumba's poor leadership.

Ms Namugala, who confirmed that she had received a letter charging her for misconduct, said the letter did not intimidate her and that she would stand her ground.

Ms Namugala was facing disciplinary action for openly criticising Dr Mumba by urging members to pass a vote of no confidence in the embattled party leader.

"Yes I can confirm that I have received a letter where I am being charged for misconduct and is signed by Hon Simbao and I will respond accordingly. But I want to state that I will not be shaken or intimidated, I'll continue to speak out on the wrongs in the party. That is all I can say for now," Ms Namugala said.

Ms Namugala said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that she would provide details on her action through the planned response to the charges against her.

Ms Namugala had fallen out of favour with Dr Mumba's leadership brass and was widely believed to be on the expulsion radar.

Last week, Dr Mumba had instructed party acting national secretary, Kapembwa Simbao to write disciplinary letters to members that had publicly criticised the MMD and himself, to force them to refrain from such conduct.

The MMD was facing a range of tiffs with its some of its membership who had shown division I the manner Dr Mumba had been leading the financially beleaguered party, which largely depended on financial contributions from its Members of Parliament.

Dr Mumba had since expelled Richard Kachingwe who was the party's national secretary for openly criticising the manner he had joined the former ruling party from the Reformed Party, after discovering an anomaly that he still had a dual membership.

Dr Mumba himself had of late been in confrontation with the law and had been arrested twice in the recent past on charges of conduct likely to cause the breach of the peace.

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