Defence minister George Mpombo announced his
resignation at Chabanga Lodge this morning in the Itawa area of Ndola.
He said he had resigned as defence minster and MMD National Executive Committee member responsible for energy development.
Mr Mpombo said he was not in the position to talk too much because he has not yet heard from the president but he would date the press at a later stage at an appropriate time.
He said he would remain a member of parliament for Kafulafuta Constituency until 2011 beyond which he was not too willing to continue in order to give young people a chance to take up leadership.
Mr Mpombo said he would concentrate his energies on constituency projects and issues to do with the environment because there was too much deforestation in his constituency.
He said he had written to the president to accept his resignation on personal grounds.
Mr Mpombo said he was grateful that he had served as Southern Province Deputy Minister as his first ministerial appointment by the late president Levy Mwanawasa and later as minister of Energy before coming to the Copperbelt as deputy Minister when later he was appointed Defence Minister.
Mr Mpombo described himself as “a hard coiled spring” of MMD and would remain a loyal member of the ruling party.
He said he would relocate to Katonte farm which was situated next to Chief Nkambo’s area where he would stay for a few weeks.
He stated that resigning was a painful decision which he took after consultations with his family and other stakeholders adding that he wanted to do it in a smart way and allow the dust to settle.
Mr Mpombo, however, appealed to the party leadership to hold the national convention where NEC members could seek a fresh mandate from the party and uphold the good tenets of democratic practice by not imposing candidates but allow democracy to flourish.
Mr Mpombo said the MMD was founded on the bedrock of democracy and should promote unity of vision purpose, direction and strategy.
He said holding a national convention was a constitutional requirement of the party and should not be overlooked like other parties that were not democratic were doing.
Mr Mpombo said it was a matter which should handled properly and cautiously because it had the potential to divide the party.
He noted that the MMD was a beacon of democracy in the country and should remain focused and resolute on constitutional matters.
Mr Mpombo said he had no intentions of standing as party president at the convention and he was also not available for the Kafulafuta parliamentary seat in 2011 because he wanted to have more time with his family and his studies in MBA and Doctorate.