24 January 2013

Zambia: Namugala Finally Expelled

Opposition MMD vice-president Michael Kaingu has confirmed the expulsion wayward chairperson for women's affairs Catherine Namugala subsequently paving way for a by-election in Mafinga constituency.

Kaingu, the deputy president in charge of politics, said Namugala was expelled alongside the women's chairperson for Lusaka province Mary Phiri. Former Matero member of parliament Faustina Sinyangwe has replaced Namugala.

"The national executive committee which sat on Tuesday evening and among the resolutions passed was to expel the two members because their stay has been inimical to the interest and wellbeing of the party," Kaingu said.

Namugala was earlier suspended from the MMD but she challenged the move in the courts of law. An injunction to stop the suspension was not granted.

Namugala, however, insists that she is a member of MMD and that she is not aware of her expulsion.

The former tourism minister has secretly been coveting for an expulsion so that she can join the PF which has been sponsoring her to create confusion in the MMD and cause an unnecessary by-election.

"How can a group of people sit and make a decision on a matter which is in court? I think that this is very sad that Nevers Mumba should decide to expel me," Namugala said.

The Lusaka High Court has adjourned the interparty hearing in a matter where Namugala has applied for an injunction to restrain the MMD from expelling her from the party to February 1.

Namugala has only applied for an injunction which is yet to be granted. This week, Namugala formed a splinter group of the MMD together with expelled national secretary Major Richard Kachingwe.

Kaingu also announced that the MMD confirmed Kabinga Pande as national chairman taking over from Michael Mabenga.

"We have also resolved to co-opt Kapembwa Simbao into the national executive committee and he will continue to serve as the acting national secretary," he said.

Kaingu said party president Nevers Mumba would continue with his nationwide visits in order to prepare for the 2016 elections.

"Our president will continue with vision 2016 and we have decided to participate in all the by-elections that will be caused by the Patrotic Front government. We will participate in Mpongwe and our candidate is Miniver Mutesa while our secretariat will announce the candidate for Livingstone," he said.

Kaingu vowed that the MMD would participate in all the by-elections that are being engineered by the government since the MMD wants to prove that it was the mother of democracy in Zambia.

"We are ready for the elections and we can do that even if they want to create 60 or 70 by-elections. We will fill our candidates," he said.

Kaingu said the public must ignore the parallel structure established by Major Richard Kachingwe because the bonafide party was the one being led by Nevers Mumba who is in custody of the registration certificate.

The Mwandi parliamentarian described Kachingwe's group as a joke.

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