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MMD MP resigns his ministerial position

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One of the opposition parliamenterian for MMD appointed to serve in President Michael Sata’s Patriotic Front government has resigned his ministerial position.

Isaac Kafulamuchenga Banda who is MP for Lumezi Constituency in the Eastern province has resigned his position as deputy minister of Mines and Water Development.

President Sata has appointed nine MMD MPs to serve as deputy ministers in his government, a situation that has not been accepted by the MMD.  Last week  MMD president Nevers Mumba announced that all those MPs that will continue to serve in PF government should consider themselves expelled from the party.

Hon Banda in a letter to President Sata and obtained by Zambian Eye stated that he was resigning due to pressure from MMD the party whose ticket he become the MP. He said his move had the blessing of his people in the constituency and the party.

Hon Banda becomes the first MP to steep down from his ministerial position and the moves has been well received by the MMD. Dr Mumba on Monday described the resignation by Hon Banda as a victory for democracy.

“This resignation is victory for democracy, the MMD and the people of Zambia,” Dr Mumba said. “We are happy as a party that this has happened just as we have been moving to resolve the issue of appointing MMD MPs without consulting the party.”

“We expect more of our dedicated MPs to reject any proposals from Mr Sata to appoint them because they will enjoy temporal glory,” added Dr Mumba. “It is inevitable based on Mr Sata’s nature and way of doing things that these MPs will be used and dumped when Mr Sata’s agenda is achieved.”


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