The first major resignation of the Rupiah Banda Administration comes from one of his most strident public supporters - Minister Mpombo has resigned from both his position in Government and as Chairman for energy within MMD. Apparently he resigned without informing the MMD National Secretary. Excerpt from Reuters:
Zambia's defence minister resigned for personal reasons on Tuesday and criticised the ruling party for attempting to block aspiring candidates from challenging President Rupiah Banda at a convention next year. "The decision to resign has been made after making wide consultations with my family members, it's purely for personal reasons," George Mpombo told journalists in Ndola.He said he wanted to concentrate on tackling environmental issues in his rural constituency in northern Zambia. Mpombo, who also quit as chairman of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy's energy committee, criticised the party's decision to bar other candidates from contesting the party's top post at its convention next year, saying it was against democratic principles.