MMD expels Mpombo, Magande
|Former Finance Minister Ng’andu
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.
spokesperson Dora Siliya confirmed the duo’s expulsion from the
“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