FORMER MMD vice president in charge of politics Michael Kaingu, who has been stripped of his position, has vowed never to leave the party.
Dr Kaingu alongside four others was stripped of his position by the party’s top organ, the National Executive Committee (NEC), last Saturday.
The others who were also stripped of their positions are vice-president in charge of administration Brian Chituwo, party spokesperson Dora Siliya, chairperson for tourism Lucky Mulusa and national youth secretary Tobias Kafumukache.
The group has been spearheading calls for the resignation of MMD president Nevers Mumba for allegedly failing to run the party.
Dr Kaingu, in an interview in Lusaka yesterday, cited his lengthy stay in the MMD among reasons why he can’t leave the former ruling party.
He explained that he joined the MMD in 1991 and as a ‘very old member’ in the party, he therefore cannot leave.
“Being vice-president was just a privilege. It was not a terminal thing,” he said.
Dr Kaingu, who is Mwandi lawmaker, said he will now focus his energies on his constituency.
“They have now given me the opportunity to focus on Mwandi, which voted me into parliament,” he said.
Mr Mulusa said in a separate interview that he has accepted NEC’s decision to strip him of his position, although he is still studying the matter.
“We all are studying this situation because we are servants of the people. This development will be shared with our supporters from all categories of life,” he said.
Mr Mulusa said he will consult his supporters, especially those in his constituency.
“The views of my supporters and those who believe in my cause will find the way forward,” he said.
Mr Mulusa hopes that by the end of this month, he will have a position on the matter.
And Mr Kafumukache said he will equally not leave the party because his parents helped found it.
Speaking in a separate interview, Mr Kafumukache said the decision by the party to remove him from his position has not dampened his spirit to remain committed to the party.
“Unless my family tells me to leave the party, then I will leave but for now I will remain committed because my true allegiance is to society, which is bigger than the MMD or even Government,” he said.
Mr Kafumukache said he will take time to reflect on the party’s decision.
Efforts to get Dr Chituwo failed as he was reportedly out of the country on parliamentary business while Ms Siliya’s mobile phone was not reachable.
Zambia Daily Mail