Former Defence Minister George Mpombo has complained that he is being treated unfairly by government following his naming in the 2008 Auditor General’s report.
The 2008 Auditor General’s report on the Ministry of Defence alleges that Mr. Mpombo fraudulently retired receipts amounting to K49 million in respects to accommodation and meals when he served as defence minister.
Mr. Mpombo has described this as political witch hunt meant at politically hurting him. He has since advised the MMD government that they will not be in power forever and should not use power to silence him.
He has vowed not be silenced and intimidated by those in government. Mr Mpombo says he continue championing the cause of democracy in the MMD, and nothing will stop him from challenging the republican president Rupiah Banda at the MMD national convention.
He was speaking last evening on QFM’s Monday Night Live. During the same show, Mr. Mpombo reiterated that as a result of president Rupiah Banda’s leadership, the MMD has slumped into its biggest political recession.
Mr Mpombo said the MMD needed strong leadership to make a strong political comeback and reverse the party’s dwindling political fortunes. He said that his vision is to breathe a blast of fresh air in the leadership of the MMD.
He said the poor performance of the ruling party in the Kasama Central by-election and the loss of the Solwezi central seat is a vote of no confidence in the leadership of the party’s acting president Rupiah Banda.
Mr Mpombo said this called for the change of direction in order to reinvigorate the party’s general membership in terms of vision.
Mr Mpombo also dismissed as incorrect the suggestion that the ruling MMD is making inroads in the copperbelt province to dislodge the Patriotic Front.
He said as a person who comes from the Copperbelt, the province remains 95% a Patriotic Front stronghold.
He said there is no real party organization taking place on the ground to claim that the MMD is making inroads on the copperbelt.