The NDC has made the decision following the former information minister’s racial remarks against an Indian working for a road construction firm, a scene that was recorded and circulated widely on social media.
Kambwili, the embattled Roan Member of Parliament, has been condemned for his remarks which the NDC, a party that identified him as its 2021 presidential candidate, has distanced itself from.
Speaking on a live programme on UNZA Radio this morning, NDC’s secretary general Mwenya Musenge said Kambwili’s conduct “is making the party look like a party of jokers, we are not racist, we are not xenophobic”.
He also said the party is surprised that Kambwili has not stepped down as Roan Member of Parliament even after being expelled from the PF, claiming this situation was affecting the NDC’s countrywide mobilization and recruitment of new members.
“I know he (Chishimba Kambwili) will go with a lot of followers but I don’t mind as long as the right thing is done. Even if it means Mwenya Musenge remaining with only the party certificate it is fine!” Musenge said.He said the NDC is bigger than any individual.
“We just feel that for the time being, let us run our own affairs as a party. He will be communicated to through a central committee meeting where we will be able to meet. And for those that feel ‘no but us, we want this to be this way, we want to work with Kambwili’, they are free to do that but not under the name of NDC. NDC has its own leadership and its own members. The NDC is bigger than individual, and we expect that all those who are members of the NDC will respect the decision that has been taken and of course, we shall see how we can go about it,” Musenge said.
“And I want to reemphasise that we do not hate our dear brother Kambwili but we feel we need to have a figurehead, we need to have a president whom we can call with confidence that this is our man. We don’t want a situation where today you are being told ‘no I am being courted by NDC but I have not made a decision whether to accept or not’. Not where I make a pronouncement that 2021, we are going to field Chishimba Kambwili as our presidential candidate and he is able to respond to say ‘ask Musenge, he is the one that has formed that party, I don’t know about those things…’”
He further advised Kambwili to immediately stop issuing any statements on behalf of the NDC.
“So this decision has just been taken to try and see how we can rectify these things. Our relationship as brothers with Chishimba Kambwili still remains. We can share a light moment together…but as a party, as NDC, we have nothing and we will have…and we want to appeal to him also that he respects the decision of the party and that he cannot, from now onwards, issue statements on behalf of the NDC. That shall only be done by myself as secretary general of the party and the party spokesperson who is Mr [Misheck] Moyo and the vice-president…,” said Musenge.