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Nevers Unilaterally Expels Mutati From MMD

nevers-mumba-zambia-reportsMOVEMENT for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) president Nevers Mumba has bulldozed his way to expel his main rival Felix Mutati from the former ruling party and suspended spokesperson Raphael Nakacinda.

The decision was rubber stamped at the National Executive Committee (NEC) committee meeting held today where Nevers Mumba’s cronies nodded in approval.

According to a statement by Mr Mumba’s office, the meeting held on Tuesday the 16th of February 2016 at Konzani Gardens in Lusaka West area of Lusaka, Mr Nakacinda ceases to speak for the party after prima facie evidence was presented in the meeting that he has received money to work against the party with known individuals.

The NEC felt that Mr Nakacinda could no longer continue as Party Spokesperson with such serious allegations hanging over his head. The NEC resolved to appoint Rev. Reuben Sambo who is already a NEC member as Acting Spokesperson until Mr Nakacinda’s disciplinary case is disposed of.

The meeting also resolved to immediately expel Mr Mutati for his double-dealing as he has been secretly working with the United Party for National Development (UPND) and is listed on a 2016 UPND official calendar as a party official. Mr Mutati is also one of the three MMD MPs that have sued the party over its decision to postpone the scheduled 2016 convention to 2017 when the term of office of current President Dr Nevers Sekwila Mumba expires.

It was noted in the meeting that when some MPs including Mr Mutati were expelled last year for working with other parties during the January 2015 presidential by-election, they were readmitted after asking for forgiveness and given a final warning. They were told that should they repeat any offences committed previously, they would be expelled without any further deliberations.

The meeting also resolved by unanimous vote of all ten provinces that the discussions over the proposed alliance between the MMD and the Patriotic Front (PF) should commence immediately.

The meeting also elected 5 new NEC members as follows:
1. Mr Friday Kashiwa as Deputy National Treasurer
2. Mr Chilekwa Munkonge as Chairman Commerce, Trade and Industry
3. Ms Christine Mangonono as NEC Member
4. Mrs Rose Zimba as National Women’s Secretary
5. Ms Lisa Pasi as National Women’s Chairperson (previously acting)

The NEC meeting also resolved that any appointments of party officials by expelled former National Secretary Muhabi Lungu during the party wrangles in the past were revoked with immediate effect.

And during the meeting, National Secretary Mr Mwansa Mbulakulima apologised to the NEC for any misunderstandings his recent statements concerning the proposed MMD-PF alliance may have caused.

The communiqué from the meeting was as follows:
COMMUNIQUÉ ON MMD NEC MEETING ON 16TH FEBRUARY 2016

The Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) National Executive Committee (NEC) on the 16th of February 2016 met at Konzani Gardens in Lusaka West Area of Lusaka and resolved the following:
1. PROPOSED ALLIANCE WITH THE PATRIOTIC FRONT (PF)

The meeting resolved by unanimous vote of all the ten provinces that the MMD should commence negotiations immediately on the proposed alliance with the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).

2. DISCIPLINARY MATTERS
The MMD NEC unanimously resolved to suspend the party Spokesperson Mr Raphael Nakacinda with immediate effect, pending a disciplinary hearing. Rev. Reuben Sambo has been appointed as Spokesperson in an acting capacity.
The meeting also resolved to immediately expel Lunte Member of Parliament Felix Mutati for abrogating the conditions of being readmitted into the party after earlier being expelled in 2015. Mr Mutati had been given a final warning that should he repeat offences committed against the party, he would be expelled without any further recourse.

3. NEW NEC MEMBERS
The meeting also elected 5 new NEC members as follows:
1. Mr Friday Kashiwa as Deputy National Treasurer
2. Mr Chilekwa Munkonge as Chairman Commerce, Trade and Industry
3. Ms Christine Mangonono as NEC Member
4. Mrs Rose Zimba as National Women’s Secretary
5. Ms Lisa Pasi as National Women’s Chairperson (previously acting)

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