MMD has suspended its former Copperbelt provincial information and publicity secretary Peter Phiri for one year for claiming that he was still holding the post and issuing media statements in that capacity.
According to an expulsion letter dated 18th June and signed by national secretary Raphael Nakachinda, the party has given Mr. Phiri 10 days in which to exculpate himself over his suspension.
Mr. Nakachinda noted that Mr. Phiri had continually issued media statements which did not have the blessing of the party over its position to work with the Patriotic Front (PF) in this year’s general election.
He said Mr. Phiri’s continued association with the UPND and his statements he had continued to give over the collective agreement of the party with regard to this year’s election abrogated the MMD standing orders.
He said, as a result of Mr. Phiri’s statements which did not have the blessing of the party, the MMD had no option but to suspend him for one year in accordance with the party’s constitution.
“Following your masquerading as provincial information and publicity secretary for Copperbelt Province and your persistent issuance of press statements to the media without authorisation from my office, I am hereby invoking the powers vested in me under article 46(1) of the party constitution read together with disciplinary regulation 1993 no. 6 to suspend you from the party for one year with immediate effect as enshrined in clause 8(v) of the disciplinary regulation of 1993.
“May I bring it to your attention that the MMD under the new leadership of Felix Mutati has positioned itself to work with the PF and not the UPND. Your continued association with UPND as proven through your press statements is tantamount to abrogation of standing orders in terms of the collective agreement and the resolution of the national convention held from 20th to 22nd May, 2016,” Mr. Nakachinda said.
He said the party had given Mr. Phiri 10 days to respond to the party’s decision or serve the one-year suspension slapped on him.
“You are hereby requested to submit to my office exculpatory statement in writing in defence or lack of it within the period of 10 days from the date of this letter in accordance with clause 9(2) of disciplinary regulations of 1993,” he said.