Hakainde Hichilema’s Presidential Spokesperson Edward Mumbi has with immediate effect resigned from his position.
Mr Mumbi becomes the second senior UPND official to have resigned from the UPND after Edwin Lifwekelo who was the deputy spokesperson of the opposition political party.
Mr Hichilema, the leader of the UPND, on Sunday suspended his vice-president Canisius Banda over what he termed conduct likely to bring the name of the party into disrepute.
Yesterday, Mr Mumbi tendered his resignation from the UPND on grounds that it had become extremely difficult for him to continue discharging his duties as presidential spokesperson because of family responsibilities.
In a letter addressed to Mr Hichilema, Mr Mumbi said he had served the UPND and its presidency loyally and diligently but that it had become difficult for him to continue with his responsibilities with his current family responsibilities.
“Due to pressure of family responsibilities, it may be difficult to efficiently and effectively carry out my responsibilities as presidential spokesperson. I have, therefore, decided to resign from my position as Presidential Spokesperson and I have also ceased to be a member of the UPND with immediate effect for personal reasons. I wish the presidency and the party God’s blessings,” Mr Mumbi said.