After being bribed and promised legal representation by HH’s lawyers, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) faction led by Vice President Rikki Joseph Akafumba, who now calls himself as Acting President, yesterday morning held a press briefing in Lusaka at Four Pillars lodge, where he said that NDC is still part of the UPND Allince and is today expected to map the way forward following Chishimba Kambwili standoff over the alliance affiliation with the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Akafumba claims that Dr Kambwili stands to be a loser in the equation because there is nowhere in the party constitution where his name is written as party President, adding that as things stand now the party Secretary-general has more power than any other members of the party and not even the President of the party has power to convene the meeting and discipline erring members.
Akafumba said he has no doubt in his mind that Dr. Kambwili risk falling in the trap of former Secretary-General Mweenye Musenge who found himself when he behaved the same way Dr. Kambwili is behaving. He said following what he termed an illegal meeting Dr Kambwili held Saturday where he purported to have issued a suspension of some senior party officials including the secretary-general, Akafumba said he received call from Dr. Kambwili prio to yesterday’s presser and the two agreed to meet today.
The two will discuss issues of mutual interest regarding the party affairs which remained unresolved. He said as a personal lawyer for Kambwili, he has no issues with him but because it is no more of a client-lawyer relationship, adding that the standoff only came in when the issue of an alliance has been resolved 99.9% but Dr. Kambwili want to spoil the already baked cake.
Akafumba said a central committee meeting cannot be called without the Secretary-General, National Chairperson, and Vice President.
What constitutes a central committee is well designed in the constitution. It is illegal for the President to assemble the people and make pronouncements.
He said a notice was issued for the central committee where Kambwili was proposed to be entry committee.
The notice was denounced for want of legitimacy. The person who issues notices for the party is the Secretary General and not the President.
Akafumba further said concerning the NDC court matter that the registration of the party was won but the issue of de-registration is still in court. The constitution was not submitted on account of the matter which was in court. The state is fighting the NDC in court and wants it de-registered.
Concerning the Alliance, at one time UPND President Hakahinde Hichilema spoke to Kambwili in the presence of the Vice President to discuss issues of the alliance twice but could not conclude on account of not having been consulted by the central committee. He suggested the issue of the Governing Council which was to have equal members of the alliance partners, election commission was to look at the elections.
He objected that the fact that Kambwili wanted to contest on NDC despite having accepted being a running mate in the UPND party and wondered why Kambwili wanted to make an opposition within the government. He said the decision-making body of the UPND alliance was to be the national governing council which has equal members. The purpose of the alliance was to unite the country and the route which Kambwili was to take would not help achieve this object of the alliance.
He said the problem which the alliance was to get into with the proposal made by Kambwili was to go the Malawi way where the people in government are opposite of each other.
He wondered where Kambwili was getting the idea of the NDC being swallowed by the UPND.
He said the NDC has refused to accept going the Kambwili way because the people who want to change the government who have suffered will not accept it.
He denied ever been bought by President Hakainde Hichilema and called it an insult to be called traitors because they have their own minds. He advised the NDC that intend to contest the coming election to make an application to the SG for consideration.
Akafumba has since clarified that MPs under NDC will make the contribution and the contributions will go to NDC and not to UPND