MMD says Maxwell planning to join UPND

MMD in the eastern province says it will take disciplinary action against its former Member of Parliament in Malambo constituency Maxwell Mwale for allegedly destabilizing the party in the area.

Speaking to ZANIS in an interview in Chipata today, MMD Information and Publicity Secretary Samuel Phiri said the party had received information that Mr Mwale had intentions of re-contesting the seat on the United Party for National Development (UPND) ticket.

Mr Phiri charged that Mr Mwale was reported to have gone to Malambo where he allegedly incited councillors and other members of the MMD to defect to the UPND.

Mr Phiri said the former ruling party was shocked that Mr Mwale who is also a National Executive (NEC) member could woe people to defect from the party which supported him during the time he was area MP.

“We are disappointed and embarrassed with the conduct of Mr Mwale, and we feel he is not worth being a leader as he is a traitor,” he said.

The MMD in the area has meanwhile appealed to ward councillors and other members not to get carried away with Mr Mwale as the UNPD did not have support in the district.

“The UPND is almost nonexistent in the district and he will not stand a chance if he is adopted to contest the seat on the UPND ticket, so we are appealing to the people of Malambo to remain united as we will go to Malambo immediately after the Chipata Central by-election where we will start mobilizing the party,” he said.

And when contacted for a comment, Mr Mwale said he could not comment on the matter.

Malambo constituency will go to the polls on September 5, 2013 to elect a new Member of Parliament following the nullification of the seat, previously held by Mr Mwale, by the Supreme court.

 

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