William Banda says MMD headed for doom, refutes allegations that he wants to join PF
EMBATTLED former MMD Lusaka Province chairperson, William Banda, has scoffed at the party’s national secretary, Richard Kachingwe, accusing him of abrogating the party constitution.
Mr Banda said the opposition MMD was headed for doom if Major Kachingwe remained chief executive officer as he was allegedly trying to hound out those challenging wrong decisions.
He said at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday that he had resigned from the position of Lusaka Province chairperson because he did not want to be part of the “failed leadership.”
Efforts to locate Maj Kachingwe failed yesterday while his mobile phone went unanswered.
MMD acting president Michael Mabenga said: “I do not discuss issues affecting my juniors in the newspaper. I am the last person who should comment on the matter”.
Mr Banda said the MMD was now in a shambles; the reason the party was witnessing the emergence of many camps.
He said Maj Kachingwe should know that he (Mr Banda) was not an easy politician to break as he had been in politics for a long time.
Mr Banda said it was unacceptable and unfair for Maj Kachingwe to have held a “night” Press briefing to announce his (Mr Banda’s) resignation from the party when he had not consulted with him.
He said it was sad that Maj Kachingwe did not ask him whether or not he had taken leave from his duties before going public on the matter.
Mr Banda complained that Maj Kachingwe went as far as writing him a letter informing him that the party had accepted his resignation.
He alleged that most party members were against Maj Kachingwe’s “poor leadership qualities” which have caused confusion in the party.
Mr Banda also accused the National Executive Committee (NEC) of being behind the party’s loss to the PF in the September 20, 2011 tripartite elections.
The NEC members, he said, lied to former president Rupiah Banda that the party still had a huge following. He has since challenged NEC officials to resign on moral grounds for failing to re-organise the party.
Mr Banda refuted allegations that he has defected to the ruling PF assuring the MMD members that he would go on full-scale to campaign for former minister of Finance and National Planning Situmbeko Musokotwane for the party presidency.
Mr Banda condemned NEC for adopting the provincial conventions as a mode of electing a new party president stating that a national convention was a better forum.
He said the mode which the party leadership had used was illegal because there was no such a provision in the party constitution.
Mr Banda accused the Maj Kachingwe of trying to manipulate the provincial elections so that his preferred candidate could be elected.
[Times of Zambia]