PF defers Lubinda’s case to February 23rd, MMD officially expells Catherine Namugala
Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda’s case has been deffered to February 23 after the party failed to look at the matter due to a busy agenda.
PF Deputy Secretary-General said in an interview today that Mr Lubinda’s disciplinary case could not take-off because of other commitments on the PF’s agenda such as preparations for the forthcoming by-elections for Livingstone and Mpongwe Constituencies.
“We had a busy schedule and the matter could not be looked at. We have by-elections coming and we have received new adoptions for these by-elections so the matter has been postponed,” she said.
Mr Lubinda is accused of collaborating with the opposition United Party for National Development and the MMD.
The Foreign Affairs Minister is also accused of leaking party information to the Zambian Watchdog, an online publication and the Daily Nation newspaper.
And MMD Muchinga Member of Parliament (MP), Catherine Namugala has been expelled from the party. Ms Namugala has been expelled along with MMD Lusaka Province chairperson Mary Tembo, party vice president for politics Michael Kaingu has announced.
The decision to expel the two members was arrived at following an MMD National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Tuesday evening, which cited the two for being inimical to the fundamental values of the MMD.
Ms Namugala has since been replaced by former Patriotic Front (PF) Matero MP Faustina Sinyangwe.
Dr Kaingu who is Mwandi MP announced the expulsions at a media briefing in Lusaka today.
“Yesterday NEC met at Chrismar Hotel where we discussed several important issues being raised in the media concerning our party. We made a resolution as NEC that Ms Namugala and Ms Tembo be expelled from the party with immediate effect.
“The NEC decided to expel the two party members for being inimical to the core values of the party. Ms Namugala’s position has been given to Ms Sinyangwe with immediate effect,” Dr Kaingu said.
He said acting MMD national chairperson Kabinga Pande and party chairperson for elections Kenneth Chipungu who is Rufunsa MP were confirmed in their positions while acting party national secretary Kapembwa Simbao had also been confirmed as a NEC member.
Ms Namugala and ousted party national secretary, Richard Kachingwe on Tuesday formed a parallel structure announcing a new secretariat and denouncing party leader Nevers Mumba.
Dr Kaingu termed the action by the two as unlawful and that law enforcement wings should probe the two for forming an illegal structure.
Major Kachingwe announced that a national convention would be held in May this year, to usher-in new office bearers.
But Dr Kaingu said the faction formed by Ms Namugala and Maj Kachingwe was illegal because records at the Registrar of Societies office showed that there was one MMD structure whose secretariat was located on Addis Ababa Drive.
“If you go to the Registrar of Society, the only MMD address you will find is this one where we are and not that illegal structure along Bwinjimfumu Road. Those who want to leave can call themselves any names like puppies… we don’t care about those leaving or have left us because we have our elected party president Nevers Mumba,” he said.
Dr Kaingu said Dr Mumba would soon embark on countrywide meetings to prepare for 2016 tripartite elections adding that the MMD would participate in all by-elections.
On accusations by Ms Namugala that Dr Mumba was an invalid MMD leader since records at the Registrar of Societies indicated that he was still president of the Reform Party, Dr Kaingu said, the registration and processing of the party leader was still in the process.
On the forthcoming by-elections in Mpongwe, he said the MMD would scoop the seat and was confident in the candidature of Miniva Mtesa and that the party’s candidate for the Livingstone by-election would be announced soon.