Katele dissolves Western MMD over convention calls



THE MMD has with immediate effect dissolved the Western Province executive committee and the Serenje Central constituency committee.

MMD national secretary Katele Kalumba who announced the development in a statement in Lusaka yesterday said the action was designed to streamline discipline, organisation and mobilisation interests of the party.

He said the decision followed careful study and full consultations with relevant organs of the party and consistent with powers of his office under article 46(1) and (2), article 52(3) and disciplinary regulations.

He said the party’s chairman for elections had since been written to, to cause elections for the two organs.

In the meantime, his office would administer the political administrative interests in Western Province while for Serenje Constituency, the district committee would take over until new committees were put in place.

Dr Kalumba said MMD members should realise that the secretariat had a responsibility to ensure internal harmony and in the wake of external threats to its integrity and would not allow extravagant conduct.

And Community Development and Social Services Minister Michael Kaingu has insisted the MMD should not hold its national convention until after the 2011 elections because the party has no money for the exercise.

Mr Kaingu, who is Western Province MMD treasurer said he was prepared to forego his Mwandi Constituency seat and campaign for the president if the people did not agree with the wish of the majority in the party that the convention should not be held.

He was reacting to threats of disciplinary action against him and his Communications and Transport counterpart, Geoffrey Lungwangwa by MMD provincial youth chairman Musangu Njamba who accused the ministers of going against a decision of the province.

He said he enjoyed a lot of support in his constituency and among chiefs and other eminent people across the country and those threatening to discipline him should realise that he is not a pushover.

Mr Njamba had said the provincial executive committee (PEC) consulted extensively before coming up with the position that the convention should be held as earlier planned.


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