MMD copperbelt executive in confusion

Confusion is brewing in the MMD Copperbelt province executive committee as the provincial chairman Joseph Chilambwe feels sidelined by President Rupiah Banda whom he accuses of dealing with Copperbelt taskforce chairman Joe Malanji.
Impeccable sources within the provincial executive committee  told the Watchdog that Chilambwe is enraged with the way Malanji has been handling political issues on the Copperbelt, preferring to deal directly with State House.
The sources said it was not proper that Malanji, who is a one-man taskforce committee, should disregard elected members of the MMD Copperbelt province. They added that he was responsible for the poor show in the Chifubu Parliamentary polls where Frank Ng’ambi tumbled.
They said Malanji was getting a huge chunk of weekly financial allocation when the other elected committee was not considered.
He was the one to do the distribution and ended up giving money to PF cadres who coined a phrase to say: “Don’t kubeba.” Meaning, get the money but do not tell them your political leaning.
But Chilambwe now seems to be frustrated and is contemplating of coming up with a rebel committee that will decampaign some of the MMD NEC officials who have been supporting Malanji.
The sources further revealed that Malanji is keen on becoming a Member of Parliament for Kwacha Constituency in Kitwe and is using the Copperbelt taskforce position as a springboard to achieve his goals.
And on the district level, losing Ndola district chairman Kephas Katongo and his number two Victor Chimuka are strategising to come up with a parrarel structure. Katongo lost to Victor Konie on Saturday and Chimuka lost to Bruno Mukeya.
Contrary to the campaigns that Konie will not carry the day, he did his home work and managed to scoop the chairmanship, and left the Ndola lawyer licking his wounds. Chimuka was no match for Mukeya, the retired Zesco mechanic.

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