LUNTE MMD Member of Parliament Felix Mutati has been expelled from the former ruling party for allegedly ‘‘double-dealing’’ and working with the United Party for National Development (UPND).
MMD has also suspended its spokesperson Raphael Nakacinda with immediate effect pending investigations by the disciplinary committee into allegations that he had been working against the party.
At a meeting held on yesterday at Konzani Gardens in Lusaka West, the MMD national executive committee (NEC) unanimously resolved to suspend Mr Nakacinda after prima facie evidence was presented in the meeting that he had allegedly received money to work against the party with known individuals.
According to a communiqué released last night, NEC felt that Mr Nakacinda could no longer continue as party spokesperson with such serious allegations hanging over his head.
NEC has since resolved to appoint Rev. Reuben Sambo who was already a NEC member as acting spokesperson.
“The meeting also resolved to immediately expel Mr Mutati for his double-dealing as he has been secretly working with the United Party for National Development and is listed on a 2016 UPND official calendar as a party official,” read part of the communiqué.
NEC said Mr Mutati was also one of the three MMD MPs that had sued the party over its decision to postpone the scheduled 2016 convention to 2017 when the term of office of current president Dr Nevers Sekwila Mumba expires.
NEC noted in the meeting that when some MPs including Mr Mutati were expelled last year for working with other parties during the January 2015 presidential by-election, they were readmitted after asking for forgiveness and given a final warning.
“They were told that should they repeat any offences committed previously, they would be expelled without any further deliberations.
“The meeting also resolved by unanimous vote of all 10 provinces that the discussions over the proposed alliance between the MMD and the Patriotic Front (PF) should commence immediately,” NEC resolved.
The meeting also elected five new NEC members who include Mr Friday Kashiwa as deputy national treasurer, Mr Chilekwa Munkonge as chairman commerce, trade and ndustry, Ms Christine Mangonono as NEC member, Mrs Rose Zimba as national women’s secretary and Ms Lisa Pasi as national women’s chairperson.
The NEC meeting also resolved that any appointments of party officials by expelled former national secretary Muhabi Lungu during the party wrangles in the past were revoked with immediate effect. And during the meeting, national secretary Mwansa Mbulakulima allegedly apologised to the NEC for any misunderstandings his recent statements concerning the proposed MMD-PF alliance may have caused.