SUSPENDED MMD chairperson for women’s affairs Catherine Namugala has told party president Nevers Mumba to step down to allow the party to hold a convention at which members will elect a new leader who will steer the party ahead of the 2016 tripartite elections.
She said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the MMD is on its deathbed because of the poor leadership being exhibited by Dr Mumba.
Ms Namugala, who confirmed receipt of her suspension letter, written and signed by MMD acting national secretary Kapembwa Simbao, said the party should soon hold a convention to usher in a new president so that it can be revitalised.
“I have received my suspension letter which was signed by Mr Kapembwa Simbao and I will be responding to it. I have been charged that I was among those who called for the resignation of Dr Mumba as president of the party.
“But what I can say now is that this issue is beyond me. The people of Muchinga, Northern and Copperbelt provinces want him out. That can only be resolved when a convention is held. This is why we are calling on Dr Mumba to relinquish his position so that we can hold a convention,” Ms Namugala said.
She said a lot of members in the opposition and former ruling party have passed a vote-of-no-confidence in Dr Mumba’s poor style of leadership.
“The party is sinking because of the poor leadership of Dr Mumba and we, the owners of the party, are saying that he steps down, we go for a convention so that we can revitalise the party,” she said.
Ms Namugala vowed that she would not be intimidated by her suspension but that she would fight back until ‘sanity’ is restored in the MMD.
She said all well-meaning MMD members should rise up and condemn what is happening in the party.
Ms Namugala said Dr Mumba’s ‘anti-democratic’ style of running the MMD has destroyed the party.
Dr Mumba has come under pressure to resign following his dual membership, having not officially resigned from the Reform Party after being ‘incorporated’ into Government.