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Turmoil at MMD as Kachingwe Attempts to Invalidate Mumba’s Presidency

.According to a press release being distributed today by the Permanent Secretary of the opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Richard Kachingwe, the presidency of Nevers Mumba has been invalidated on the grounds that he is not a member of the party, resulting his suspension from the party.

In response, Kachingwe has been physically hounded out of his office by MMD youth groups as Mumba reclaimed control of the party and announced Kachingwe’s suspension.

The events represent the culmination of weeks of growing tensions within the party over dissatisfaction among MPs with Kachingwe’s performance as national secretary, as well as widespread suspicion that Kachingwe had been compromised by the ruling Patriotic Front party.

According to Kachingwe’s press release, “It is important to announce to the press that from the time Dr. Mumba took over the presidency, the party has lost a lot of members to other political parties and has seen an increase in tension especially among MPs which resulted in a bye-eleciton in Mufumbwe, among others, and may result in other bye elections if the situation is not brought under control.”

The statement continues, “It has just become unbearable that the name of the party has been dragged through the mud. (…) I certainly find it disheartening, disappointing, and unacceptable that Dr. Mumba has chosen to sideline the party structures and neglect genuine party cadres in preference to a cabal of MPs that campaigned for his presidency; this has resulted in serious disunity in the party.”

Kachingwe’s claim to invalidate Mumba’s presidency is based on the technicality of his alleged membership of the Reform Party, which he says was not properly renounced or dissolved.  He also stated in the letter that when bidding for presidency, Dr. Mumba did not disclose the fact that his re-admission had been rejected and believably presented to the elections committee credentials obtained fraudulently.

Major Kachingwe noted that following Dr. Mumba’s expulsion from the party in 2005, his application for re-admission in 2008 was rejected at a meeting chaired by then party president, late Patrick Mwanawasa and attended by Kabinga Pande, Ronnie Shikapwasha and Mutale Nalumango among others.

The matter of the legality of Mumba’s presidency and the suspension of Maj. Kachingwe from the party will go before the national executive committee. Sources say it is unlikely that the committee will uphold the suspension claimed by the national secretary. If Mumba were to be suspended, Vice President for Political Affairs Michael Kaingu would take over as president of the party.

Download the full press here, Page 1, Page 2, and Page 3

4 Comments

  1. The Instigator

    Kachingwe is doing all this to please the paymaster of his son.He is a disgrace to the opposition family and must be jettisoned into pf hands who surely need the services of this confused character.

  2. pf cadre

    a major kachingwe falled coup i can say.

  3. Mphangwe

    We can smell a big rotten rat under Major Kachingwe’s sleeves. This man is insulting the intelligence of the Zambians. What a coicindence that as Kachingwe pronounces the invalidation of Dr, Mumba’s MMD Presidency, ZNBC is propping up a PF puppet Andeleki wearing the gown of Registrar of Societies who is also hell bent to discredit Dr. Mumba. This merely proves that Kachingwe has formerly joined the evil Syndicate programmed to destroy the opposition parties. Since the election of Dr. Mumba was ratified by the MMD’s Executive Committee ,what records does the MMD Secretariat under Kachingwe’s Office have to discredit Dr. Mumba’s leadrership. Sata’s divide and rule Republican Presidency is in full gear to destroy multi-party democracy in Zambia.

  4. Trynot

    Major Kachingwe deliberately invited the wrath on himself.A National Secretary of MMD has no powers of dismissing a President.Imagine Winter Kabimba waking up one day and holds a Press Conference where he announces the removal of Party President Michael Sata.What would happen to him?
    As for Major Kachingwe,if he indeed discovered the anomaly of Nevers Mumba’s membership of MMD.He should have quietly pointed this out to Pastor Mumba or if Kachingwe was still desirous to remove Nevers from the Party,he should have summoned an emergency NEC meeting where he could have tabled this.On his own,he has no powers to remove even a Provincial Chairman of MMD.THE CLOSEST HE CAN DO IS TO SUSPEND the Provincial Chairman and immediately file a report for NEC ratification.Major Kachingwe should also not forget that he forged his way into MMD when he bribed a ward chairman of Libala to falsely include him as a member when he was not.If Kachingwe has guts let him refuse this allegation and we shall produce case documents.

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