Nawakwi ‘wamuyaya’

 

EDITH Nawakwi shall remain the president of the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) for as long she wants because it is only the national convention that has the mandate to remove her from the presidency, party spokesperson Antonio Mwanza has said.

Mr Mwanza said Ms Nawakwi had remained the FDD leader since her election in 2005 because the party had never held a convention to elect new office bearers and that those calling for her to step down were misguided.

He said the FDD would be going for its second convention before the 2016 general elections at which the general membership would decide whether  to retain Ms Nawakwi as the party president or remove her.

Mr Mwanza said although the FDD constitution had limited the presidency to two terms only, Ms Nawakwi had been elected once and that she was still eligible to contest her position because she had been elected by the convention once.

There is a simmering revolt against Ms Nawakwi in the FDD and some officials in the party have charged that the FDD leader was illegally holding the position of president because she had already served her two terms.

The officials are also saying that according to the party constitution, a party president who contests the republican presidency and loses that election automatically becomes ineligible to continue leading the party.

But Mr Mwanza said those who were pushing for the removal of Ms Nawakwi should know that if the FDD was not going to have a convention, Ms Nawakwi would remain the party president (forever).

“Ms Nawakwi was elected FDD president in 2005 and we have had no convention since that time. According to the FDD constitution, it is only the convention that can remove Ms Nawakwi from her position and if you do not have the convention, there is no other organ of the party that can remove her. So until we go for a convention before the 2016 general elections, Ms Nawakwi remains the leader of the FDD and those calling for her removal are misguided. You cannot remove the president without a convention and that is how democratic we are in the FDD unlike other political parties,” Mr Mwanza said.

He explained that at the next convention, all the positions including that of the presidency would be open to eligible members to challenge Ms Nawakwi.

Mr Mwanza said in between the national convention, there was a national policy committee that had the powers to appoint leaders who would only have to be ratified by the national convention.

He said the national policy committee had the mandate to make any changes but that such would only have to be approved by the national convention.

Yesterday, FDD Copperbelt provincial coordinator N’shingebuka Shyamenda told the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) that Ms Nawakwi should not continue to head the party because her mandate had expired.

Mr Shyamenda said Ms Nawakwi was holding on to the position of FDD president illegally and at variance with the party’s constitution under article 13 (2) and gave Ms Nawakwi a forteen days ultimatum to vacate her office.

on to elect new office bearers and that those calling for her to step down were misguided.

He said the FDD would be going for its second convention before the 2016 general elections at which the general membership would decide whether  to retain Ms Nawakwi as the party president or remove her.

Mr Mwanza said although the FDD constitution had limited the its presidency to two terms only, Ms Nawakwi had been elected once and that she was still eligible to contest her position because she had been elected by the convention once.

There is a simmering revolt against Ms Nawakwi in the FDD and some officials in the party have charged that the FDD leader was illegally holding the position of president because she had already served her two terms.

The officials are also saying that according to the party constitution, a party president who contests the republican presidency and loses that election twice automatically becomes ineligible to continue leading the party.

But Mr Mwanza said those who were pushing for the removal of Ms Nawakwi should know that if the FDD was not going to have a convention, Ms Nawakwi would remain the party president (forever). Yesterday, FDD Copperbelt Provincial coordinator N’shingebuka Shyamenda told the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) that Ms Nawakwi should not continue to head the party because her mandate had expired.

Mr Shyamenda said Ms Nawakwi was holding on to the position of FDD president illegally and at variance with the party’s constitution under article 13 (2) and gave Ms Nawakwi a forteen days ultimatum to vacate her office.

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