8 January 2013

Zambia: MMD Has No President - Namugala

MMD National chairperson for women affairs Catherine Namugala has charged that the party has no president and that if Nevers Mumba continues leading the party, it will 'sink and die' in the next three months.

Ms Namugala also said the continued passing of vote of no confidence in Dr Mumba by party members from several provinces , should be a wake-up call for him to resign.

MMD provincial officials and members from Luapula, North-Western, Muchinga and Northern provinces recently passed a vote of no confidence against Dr Mumba's leadership and asked him to resign.

She was speaking on Sunday night when she featured on a live Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) programme 'Sunday Interview.'

Ms Namugala insisted that Dr Mumba was not MMD president because records at the office of the Registrar of Societies showed that he was still leader of Reformed Party.

"I still insist that Dr Mumba is not a registered MMD member and not even president of the party. If Dr Mumba remains party president for the next three months, MMD is going nowhere, it will sink and die," Ms Namugala said.

She said MMD members should hold their National Executive Committee (NEC) accountable and responsible over the matter.

"Dr Mumba doesn't even know about MMD structures and he wouldn't even mind if this big and strong party sinks because he is not MMD leader but belongs to his Reformed Party ," she said.

She said MMD was in a deep leadership crisis and one way of solving it was by removing Dr Mumba.

Ms Namugala accused Dr Mumba of handpicking people who were outsiders and not MMD officials to run the affairs of the embattled opposition political party.

Presently, she said, MMD NEC was weak and could not react to pertinent issues party members had raised against Dr Mumba.

Meanwhile, MMD acting national secretary, Kapembwa Simbao has urged party members to accept Dr Mumba as their president because he was duly elected.

Mr Simbao said Dr Mumba won with a wide margin and party members had no option but to accept him.

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