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LUSAKA, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) — Zambian President Rupiah Banda has said he is ready to take over as president of the country’s ruling party Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD), Daily Mail of Zambia reported on Tuesday.
And MMD provincial chairpersons have welcomed the decision to install President Banda as acting party president, according to the newspaper.
Banda, who is happy with the proposal, said he would wait for the outcome of the MMD national executive committee (NEC) meeting to be held in the next two weeks to decide whether or not to ratify the decision, the daily said.
“First of all, I am not yet party president but I am happy with the proposal that I take over the party presidency…I am waiting for the NEC decision,” Banda was quoted as saying.
MMD provincial chairpersons made the resolution to welcome the decision to install President Banda as acting party president after a meeting in Lusaka, capital of Zambia, on Monday, the newspaper said. This was contained in a press statement issued by North-Western Province MMD chairperson James Katoka.
“We, the provincial leaders representing all provinces, hereby wish to endorse the statement by the national chairman through the national secretary on the position of party presidency,” the statement said.
Katoka said the provincial leaders have petitioned NEC to call for a meeting to confirm Mr. Banda as party president to maintain peace and unity in the party.
“We hereby agree as a team to give 100 percent vote in NEC to His Excellency Mr. Rupiah Banda as our party president,” Katoka said.
MMD national chairman Michael Mabenga voluntarily stepped down as acting party president to allow President Banda to assume the position.
Banda, who previously held the position of trustee, has since accepted the offer to lead the party up to the time it holds its national convention.
And the provincial chairpersons have taken a swipe at opposition Patriotic Front President Michael Sata for allegedly disrespecting Banda, according to the daily.
Eastern Province chairperson Kennedy Zulu said the party leadership is in support of President Banda’s decision to appoint some MMD officials as permanent secretaries.
“These are the people who understand the MMD manifesto and party policies,” he said.
Zulu said Sata should concentrate on his party. ” Sata should respect President Banda. His time will come…in fact, it will never come because he is too petty,” he said.
Editor: Xiong Tong