Katele Kalumba’s remarks can’t be taken seriously-Mabenga
THE Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) says it does not take negative remarks made by its former national secretary Katele Kalumba about the party seriously.
MMD national secretary Michael Mabenga said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the former ruling party does not pay attention to Dr Kalumba’s statements because he is not in the administrative structure of the party.
Mr Mabenga was reacting to Dr Kalumba’s statement that MMD’s loss in the Msanzala parliamentary by-election is a reflection of a structural collapse in the former ruling party.
“Dr Katele Kalumba is nowhere near the administrative structure of our party. We don’t take his comments seriously,” he said.
The MMD, which fielded Peter Daka in the Msanzala parliamentary by-election, lost the seat to the Patriotic Front candidate Joseph Lungu.
On Saturday, Dr Kalumba said the MMD’s loss in the Msanzala parliamentary by-election is an indication that the former ruling party’s structures had collapsed.
Dr Kalumba advised Mr Daka to take comfort in the knowledge that the electoral loss is not his personal failure, but a reflection of a collapse in MMD structures.
He said it is unfortunate that Mr Daka did not win the election despite the fact that he was contesting the seat for the second time, after the September 20 tripartite elections.
Dr Kalumba warned that unless the structural collapse of the MMD is addressed, the former ruling party may not win future elections.
Meanwhile,the MMD in Luapula has directed its district executive committees to begin consultations for a successor to take over from former president Rupiah Banda.
MMD Luapula province chairman Emmanuel Chungu said in an interview from Mansa yesterday that he has given the district executive committee up to the end of this month to conclude the consultations.
“All the names of the candidates who have declared their intentions to stand and their profiles have been submitted. By mid-March, I will be meeting the district leadership to consolidate their findings,” Mr Chungu said.
He said it is important for the MMD to consult widely so that the former ruling party can come up with a party president who will be accepted by all.
“We want to get to the branches through the districts because they are the ones who will campaign for the party,” Mr Chungu said.
He said the MMD in Luapula is not restricting consultations to bona fide members but the process also involves political parties, churches and non-governmental organisations.
“We are consulting all political parties, including the governing party because we believe that the candidate must be acceptable to all,” Mr Chungu said.
[Zambia Daily Mail]