FOUNDATION for Democratic Process (FODEP) chief executive officer MacDonald Chipenzi has revealed that there have been attempts by forces within and outside the organisation to strip him of his position.
Asked to confirm if he had resigned from his position as FODEP executive director, Mr Chipenzi responded: “I am still the executive director of FODEP and nothing has changed for now. It is true I issued a statement announcing that I had ceased to be the executive director of FODEP because of some issues that had arisen.
‘‘There had been attempts from both within FODEP and outside to remove me but we have now settled for dialogue. So if there will be any new developments, you will be informed.”
Mr Chipenzi said in an interview yesterday that he would remain the executive director of FODEP and that the battle for a credible and unmanipulated electoral process for the August general election would continue.
“I am still the executive director of the Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) although there have been attempts to have me removed from the organization,’’ Mr Chipenzi said.
Mr Chipenzi on Monday, through his Facebook book page, announced that he had ceased to be the FODEP chief executive as he allegedly wanted to concentrate on his studies and serving the poor for which he said was his calling.
‘’ Comrades, friends and fellow Zambians, this is to inform you that effective Monday, February 15 2016, I cease to be the executive director for the Foundation for Democratic Process(FODEP).
‘This is due to the happenings within and outside and I will inform the nation at an appropriate time.
I remain committed to the causes I have stood for in the eight years I spent at FODEP. I must thank you all for the support – political parties, churches, legal fraternity, media, cooperating partners and the labour movement. I now concentrate on completing my studies, God bless you all, ‘’ he posted.
And Mr Chipenzi said he was still CEO although FODEP was currently holding discussions to debate his position.
He accepted authoring the post on his Facebook wall which suggested that he would no longer be FODEP CEO but refuted statements saying he had resigned.
He also said the battle for a free and fair election was on as the spirit of FODEP to dialogue with stakeholders would continue.
‘’ The battle for a credible and unmanipulated electoral process for election is on as the spirit of dialogue between FODEP and other stakeholders would continue, ‘’ he said.
Mr Chipenzi also said that he would state his position at FODEP if anything came up.