MMD axe to fall on Chitala

MMD national chairman Michael Mabenga says the party’s national executive committee will take action against former national secretary Mbita Chitala.

Mr Mabenga said in an interview yesterday Dr Chitala has chosen to openly support the Patriotic Front (PF), and it is baffling that he has not yet announced his resignation from the MMD.

He said the NEC will, therefore, have to meet to decide Dr Chitala’s fate.

Dr Chitala, who is also former Ambassador to Libya, at the weekend declared that he will support the PF during the presidential and general elections, and has been making public attacks against the MMD.

“The question most people are asking is why Dr Chitala has not resigned from MMD, but has instead continued to attack President Banda and the MMD. We are going to meet as NEC to talk about this issue,” Mr Mabenga said.

And former Nchanga MP Charles Chimumbwa has described Dr Chitala as an unprincipled man with dangerous political schemes.

Mr Chimumbwa said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday Dr Chitala should not be trusted and no-one should believe in what he says.

“Dr Chitala is a political sell-out. If the revelation made by PF president Michael Sata in a Times of Zambia story of January 30, 2004, is true, it will be difficult to know what the former ambassador is up to,” Mr Chimumbwa said.

In the story quoted by Mr Chimumbwa, Mr Sata told the Lusaka High Court that Dr Chitala informed the State about the alleged involvement of his close friend and former Zambia Democratic Congress (ZADECO) president Dean Mung’omba and Princess Nakatindi Wina in the 1997 coup attempt.

And Forum for Leadership Search executive director Edwin Lifwekelo said Dr Chitala’s shift to PF, coming shortly after announcing that he was on the Copperbelt to reorganise the MMD, confirms his fading political career.

Mr Lifwekelo said Dr Chitala and former minister of Works and Supply Mike Mulongoti are trying to create an impression that the MMD is crumbling.

He said it will be difficult for Dr Chitala to work with PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba as they are both “temperamental”, and that people should expect the worst from the party.

Daily Mail

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