The Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) in Luapula Province has asked President Rupiah Banda to dismiss Science and Technology Minister Gabriel Namulambe over his alleged tribal remarks.
MMD Luapula provincial secretary Davis Chitwaka said in a statement to ZANIS that Mr Namulambe’s tribal remarks have brought embarrassment to the cabinet and therefore President Banda must relieve him of his duties.
Mr. Chitakwa said MMD does not condone any form of tribalism as it believes in One Zambia One Nation, adding that Mr Namulambe no longer deserves to be a for peddling tribalism.
Meanwhile MMD Luapula National Executive Committee (NEC) will soon meet to announce the date of the convention.Davis Chitwaka has said the party leadership in the province has welcomed the announcement by MMD deputy national secretary Jeff Kande that the
Mr. Chitakwa said Luapula province will give overwhelming support to President Rupiah as its candidate for the party presidency at the party convention, whose date is yet to be announced.
The MMD provincial secretary warned people forming pressure groups to campaign against the top leadership of the party in the province to refrain from the practice before they are exposed.
He said anyone with genuine intentions to help organise the MMD in Luapula province must use the normal channel of presenting issues to the party rather than use underhand methods.
He advised party members who have other preferred presidential candidates for MMD to come out in the open and market their candidates instead of holding dark corner meetings.
He said this was important because the wants to prove that it is transparent and upholds democratic principles.
Mr Chitwaka said the party officials in the province will work hard to ensure President Banda gets a landslide victory over other contenders for party presidency because he has performed well for the short time he has been in office.
He said President Banda has a lot of support in Luapula and there was no reason to worry about the people who are attacking him in the Press alleging that such people were just sponsored.