UPND Itezhi-tezhi Member of Parliament (MP) Greyford Monde has finally received a letter from his Party demanding that he exculpates himself on a number of allegations.
Mr Monde who was sworn-in as deputy minister of Agriculture and Livestock on Friday last week has been given a three day ultimatum in which to exculpate himself on four allegations.
Both Mr Monde and United Party for National Development (UPND) secretary general Winston Chibwe confirmed the development in an interview in Lusaka yesterday.
The four issues raised in the letter were allegations over his failure to carry out party duties in the constituency, destabilising the party, putting the name of the party in disrepute and issuing unauthorised statements.
“I have received the letter today (yesterday) and it was delivered in my mail box at Parliament Motel by our secretary general at 09:25 hours. I am currently studying it, making consultations and would respond as soon as possible,” Mr Monde said.
Mr Chibwe said the letter was only delivered to Mr Monde yesterday, as they could not reach him on Friday and the party expects him to respond to the charges within three days.
“Initially Mr Monde was supposed to have responded to the charges by today, (yesterday) but since the letter was not served to him on Friday and was only delivered to him today (yesterday), we expect him to respond to the charges within three days,” Mr Chibwe said.
Mr Chibwe confirmed that the party demands that Mr Monde should state why he had put the the party in disrepute, failed to carry out party functions and why he was destabilising the party in his constituency.
“We will wait for the response and if it does not come, the next course of action would be taken,” Mr Chibwe said.
Mr Chibwe, however, confirmed that the exculpatory letter had nothing to do with his appointment as deputy minister saying accepting the position was his personal decision.
Last week President Michael Sata appointed Mr Monde to serve in Government in a spirit of being all inclusive in spearheading development regardless of one’s political affiliation.
Mr Monde who is the first UPND MP to be infused into Government maintained that his appointment would benefit the people of Itezhi-Tezhi in a short and long term.
He would stick to his philosophy that he was a free man and a Zambian and a public servant and a member of his Party.