POLICE in Lusaka have arrested MMD member Eddie Shanambe for declaring that he had taken over the leadership of the party from Nevers Mumba.
But Dr Mumba has dismissed Mr Shanambe’s assertions, saying the party and its leadership are intact.
Mr Shanambe was arrested at Radio Phoenix’s premises in Rhodes Park immediately after appearing on Let The People Talk programme, where he was discussing problems that have rocked the former ruling party.
Lusaka Province police commissioner Charity Katanga confirmed Mr Shanambe’s arrest following a complaint by Dr Mumba. He has been charged with forgery and uttering false statement.
He is remanded in custody while police continue with investigations.
“Mr Shanambe notified police that Dr Mumba would be holding a meeting at the party secretariat when in fact that was not the case. Dr Mumba went to complain to the police,” she said.
Ms Katanga also said there was confusion at the secretariat after Mr Shanambe misled MMD members and the police that Dr Mumba would address members of the party.
And Ms Katanga said Mr Shanambe was submissive, claiming that he was just giving his position on matters relating to the former ruling party.
On radio, Mr Shanambe threatened civil disobedience against Dr Mumba if the party leader does not relinquish his position.
“Dr Mumba has gone into oblivion and there is no way the party can run without the head [leader]. Somebody has to bring out the voice of the party and that is why I have been appointed caretaker president,” he said.
He claimed that Dr Mumba had gone into oblivion.
“Our president is not there,” he said and added, “what do you expect us to do when other party presidents are there and are seen by their members working?”
But MMD national youth secretary Bowman Lusambo said the MMD is still intact and that Mr Shanambe is an outsider whose interest is to allegedly fan trouble in the party.
Mr Lusambo said Mr Shanambe should promote unity and reconciliation instead of worsening the situation.
He said Dr Mumba is the legitimate party president.
“How can you become caretaker MMD president when the president is there and leading the party?” Mr Lusambo asked.