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 2010-09-04 09:27 pm Back to NEWS
MMD expels Mpombo, Magande
Former Finance Minister Ng’andu Magande

George Mpombo and Ng’andu Magande have today been expelled from the MMD.

The decision to expel Kafulafuta parliamentarian Mpombo and his Chilanga counterpart Magande was made at the MMD national executive committee (NEC) meeting held at State House.

MMD spokesperson Dora Siliya confirmed the duo’s expulsion from the party.

“The MMD wishes to inform the nation that at the NEC meeting a decision was made to withdraw the support and privileges given to the member of parliament in Kafulafuta, that is Honourable George Mpombo as well as Mr Ng’andu Magande,” Siliya said. “The NEC decision was to withdraw the support of those members of parliament because we do not wish these members to represent us, therefore expelling them too from the party.”

Siliya said the decision to expel Mpombo and Magande from the party had already been communicated to Speaker of the National Assembly Amusaa Mwanamwambwa.

“For Kafulafuta, the decision was made after the failure by Mpombo to effectively defend himself in terms of accusations made to him that he was bringing the name of the party into disrepute and making disparaging remarks to the President and the party through various media,” Siliya explained.

“And in the blanket response provided, we still felt that as a party there was still a case to withdraw the membership of Mr Mpombo. For Honourable Magande, efforts were made, if he was remorseful in terms of his behaviour… and after much deliberation it has been quite clear that Mr Magande is not a desirable member of the MMD. Because of these issues in terms of contravening our party regulations, the MMD has therefore decided to withdraw the membership of Mr Magande as well.”

When asked on the chances of the MMD retaining the two seats, Siliya said it was too early to start looking at elections.

Siliya said what was paramount was that the disciplinary issue at hand had been dealt with.

Mpombo, former defence minister, and Magande, former finance minister, have been ardent critics of President Rupiah Banda’s government on various governance and party matters.

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