Zambia: Rupia Banda ready for MMD top job


PRESIDENT Banda says he is ready to take over as MMD party president.

And MMD provincial chairpersons have welcomed the decision to install President Banda as acting party president.

Mr Banda, who was happy with the proposal, said he would wait for the outcome of the MMD national executive committee (NEC) meeting to be held in the next two weeks to decide whether or not to ratify the decision.

First of all, I am not yet party president but I am happy with the proposal that I take over the party presidency…I am waiting for the NEC decision, Mr Banda said.

The President was speaking yesterday when he was interviewed by eTV at Southern Sun Hotel in Sandton.
MMD provincial chairpersons have welcomed the decision to install President Banda as acting party president.

They made the resolution after a meeting at Ndeke Hotel in Lusaka yesterday. This was contained in a press statement issued by North-Western Province MMD chairperson, James Katoka.

We, the provincial leaders representing all provinces, hereby wish to endorse the statement by the national chairman through the national secretary on the position of party presidency, the statement reads in part.

Mr Katoka said the provincial leaders had petitioned NEC to call for a meeting to confirm Mr Banda as party president to maintain peace and unity in the party.

We hereby agree as a team to give 100 per cent vote in NEC to His Excellency Mr Rupiah Banda as our party president, Mr Katoka said.

The chairpersons who converged on the hotel included Boyd Mutonka and Grace Mulando (Central Province), Joseph Chilambwe and Charity Mutesha (Copperbelt), Kennedy Zulu and Martha Mulenga (Eastern Province), Willies Sakasha and Ms Mwitwa Nkatya (Luapula Province) and Steven Bwalya and Rose Zimba (Lusaka Province).

Others are Griever Sikasote and Catherine Namugala (Northern Province), James Katoka and Alice Lukanga (North-Western Province), Solomon Muzyamba and Mary Mukwiza (Southern Province) and Simasiku Namakando and Watala Namasiku (Western Province).

MMD national chairman, Michael Mabenga, voluntarily stepped down as acting party president to allow President Banda assume the position.

Mr Banda, who previously held the position of trustee, has since accepted the offer to lead the party up to the time it holds its national convention.
Mr Mabenga has been acting party president since the death of President Mwanawasa.

And the provincial chairpersons have taken a swipe at Patriotic Front president, Michael Sata, for allegedly disrespecting Mr Banda.

Eastern Province chairperson, Kennedy Zulu, said the party leadership was in support of President Banda's decision to appoint some MMD officials as permanent secretaries.

These are the people who understand the MMD manifesto and party policies, he said.

Mr Zulu said Mr Sata should concentrate on his party.
Mr Sata should respect President Banda. His time will come…in fact, it will never come because he is too petty, he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Banda on Sunday visited Chief Justice Ernest Sakala, MMD Chief Whip Vernon Mwaanga and former State House minister Cecil Holmes who are receiving medical treatment in South Africa.

The President wished the thrio a quick recovery.
The Chief Justice who was evacuated to South Africa last week has since been discharged from hospital.
Mr Mwaanga and Mr Holmes are in South Africa for medical reviews. – Daily Mail

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