THE MMD on the Copperbelt has resolved to back the candidature of Muhabi Lungu for party national secretary.
The MMD secretariat has set this month for holding of party elections of national secretary and chairpersons of committees.
A circular issued by MMD acting national secretary Chembe Nyangu dated March 17, 2014, the party was this month scheduled to hold elections for the vacant positions of National Secretary, Health, Labour and Social Development, and Lands and Natural Resources.
The other vacant elective position on the party National Executive Committee (NEC) includes Local Government, Housing and Environment Protection, Mining and Natural Resources, and Transport and Communication.
But with the MMD top brass that includes the two vice presidents Michael Kaingu for political and counterpart Brian Chituwo for administration including party spokesperson Dora Siliya favouring Senga Hills Member of Parliament (MP) Kapembwa Simbao for national secretary, the Copperbelt party leadership opted for Mr Lungu’s candidature.
Copperbelt party information publicity secretary Peter Phiri told the Times in Kitwe yesterday that the leadership in the province had resolved to rally behind Mr Lungu because they felt he was the right candidate for the position.
“The MMD on the Copperbelt has endorsed Mr Muhabi Lungu for national secretary because he has all the time and passion for the party,” Mr Phiri said.
He said for an opposition party like the MMD to give effective checks and balance to Government, they needed a person for national secretary who was full time.
“We don’t want a national secretary who has other commitments like duties for an MP because we believe the position of national secretary is full time,” he said.
Mr Lungu and Ms Siliya have recently crossed path, an incident believed to have stirred leadership wrangles.
According to a circular obtained in Kitwe, the elections were earmarked to take place after 21 working days commencing March 17, 2014.
Mr Nyangu said MMD members were free to nominate preferred members with consent of the nominees concerned.