Local Government Deputy Minister Steven Masumba has with immediate effect stepped down from his position and also relinquished his position as Member of Parliament for Mufumbwe which he plans to re-contest on the PF ticket.
Announcing his resignation at a media briefing in Lusaka today, Mr. Masumba thanked the people of Mufumbwe for giving him an opportunity to represent them in the National Assembly.
He says his decision to quit the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) is not based on the Lusaka High Court’s decision to throw out his injunction to restrain the MMD from expelling him from the party.
Masumba has however vowed to retain his seat, should the Patriotic Front adopt him to re-contest the seat.
He says assertions that the PF is not popular in North Western Province lack merit adding that people in Mufumbwe have embraced the ruling party on account of its development agenda.
Yesterday the Lusaka High Court dismissed an injunction granted to Masumba who was attempting stop the MMD from expelling him from the party.
Delivering his ruling in chambers Lusaka High Court Judge Chalwe Mchenga said he could not grant Masumba the remedy he was seeking because he was aware of the charges he was facing and that he sought the court’s intervention after he had already been expelled.