Some provincial MMD chairpersons have welcomed the dismissal of Works and Supply Minister Mike Mulongoti for alleged indiscipline and open criticism of President Rupiah Banda and Vice-President George Kunda.
Mr Mulongoti was fired on Saturday for ridiculing Mr Banda and Mr Kunda while the national executive committee (NEC) suspended him for three months pending a review of his conduct.
Mr Mulongoti, whose nomination as member of Parliament was also revoked, was quoted in Saturday’s edition of The Post as saying he was ready to lose his ministerial job and further claimed that he was better than Mr Kunda for the position of party vice-president.
He also claimed that President Banda lacked appreciation for his failure to acknowledge that he allegedly owed his presidency to the now dismissed minister.
Southern Province MMD chairperson Edgar Keembe said the president’s decision to relieve Mr Mulongoti of his ministerial job was welcome because it would foster discipline in the top leadership of the party.
[pullquote]“A political party without discipline cannot stand. Mr Mulongoti knows what went wrong and I think he was wrong,” Mr Namakando said.[/pullquote]
Mr Keembe said there was need for order in the party because it was preparing for the national convention and the general elections, which required more discipline and unity.
Western Province MMD chairperson Simasiku Namakndo said the party needed order and unity, and it was under serious threat with the open attacks against the leadership.
“A political party without discipline cannot stand. Mr Mulongoti knows what went wrong and I think he was wrong,” Mr Namakando said.
He said people should check their conduct as they sought superior positions in society.
Copperbelt provincial chairperson Joseph Chilambwe said discipline was biblical and was meant to instill order in any grouping.
Mr Chilambwe said President Banda showed how much he appreciated Mr Mulongoti by appointing him as minister of Works and Supply, an influential position in the Government, but was surprised by his behaviour.
He said national executive committee members should lead by example and avoid openly attacking the leaders, who enjoy a lot of respect from the Zambian people.
President Banda said the decision to dismiss Mr Mulongoti should serve as a lesson to all in the party, particularly those who were not ready to conduct themselves in a disciplined manner.
And a Copperbelt resident, Elisha Matambo has commended President Banda for firing Mr Mulongoti.
Mr Matambo, who is United Party for National Development Copperbelt chairperson, said Mr Banda had done well to get rid of Mr Mulongoti who he alleged was not a sincere person.
[ Times of Zambia ]