MMD drops Namulambe, re-instates Namakando

THE MMD has suspended Mpongwe Member of Parliament (MP) Gabriel Namulambe from his position as national executive committee (NEC) trustee following the tribal remarks against party President Rupiah Banda.
And the MMD has with immediate effect the dissolved Western provincial executive committee (PEC) Simasiku Namakando-led leadership.
MMD national secretary Katele Kalumba said at a Press briefing in Lusaka yesterday Mr Namulambe’s tribal utterances were injurious and in total contradiction to article 2 (e) of the party constitution.
“Following utterances that have caused deep injury to the standing of the party in significant segments of the Copperbelt society and bordering on appeals to divisive tribal sentiments in total contradiction to article 2 (e) of the MMD party constitution, the secretariat is suspending Honourable Gabriel Namulambe from his position as NEC trustee,” he said.
Dr Kalumba said Mr Namulambe’s suspension would await a determination by the NEC for a further course of action.
He said Mr Namulambe was co-opted in good faith by the NEC not too long ago to occupy the position which had been vacant for some time.
Mr Namulambe’s suspension from NEC comes four days after President Banda fired him from the position of Science, Technology and Vocational Training minister.
When contacted, Mr Namulambe said he had no comment on his suspension but it was all right.
The former minister recently said Lambas were hurt and frustrated by President Banda not following the legacy of late head of State Levy Mwanawasa.
On Mr Namakando and three others, Dr Kalumba said the re-instating of the Namakando executive was a result of President Banda’s responsible intervention and the successful legal defence by the party as well as the remorse shown by the four party leaders.
Dr Kalumba called upon the Western Province party organs to recognise the old executive as legitimate authority.
He said the interim leadership who occupied the positions of the four PEC positions had been written to and the party was indebted to them for steering the party during the period of extreme test and turbulence in the MMD in Western Province.
Dr Kalumba said Mr Namakando had been advised to be inclusive and allow the party to grow even after the political challenge that it had faced.
And Mr Namakando, who said he was not aware of his re-instatement, thanked President Banda and the entire MMD leadership for the decision they had taken of restoring his leadership.
Dr Kalumba said the MMD party leadership had chosen the path of discipline, accountable and responsible leadership to address the challenges it faced as the country moved towards the 2011 elections.
Dr Kalumba said the MMD had endorsed the defection of former Gender minister Patricia Mulasikwanda and Bert Mushala of North-Western Province and urged MMD members to consider the two officials as being deleted from the party.
He said the secretariat had lifted the suspension of MMD Chipata District information and publicity secretary Sinoya Mwale and advised him to respect party hierarchy in public utterances in future.
Dr Kalumba said the secretariat had suspended acting North-Western Province chairperson James Katoka pending determination of action by the party leadership.

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