Leadership wrangles refuse to die in Alliance for Democracy (Aford) as the party’s secretary general Christopher Ritchie has warned party president Enoch Chihana of a legal action for allegedly undermining his position.
Ritchie said in an interview on Wednesday Chihana is assigning duties of the secretary general to deputy secretary general Grace Tchupa despite that she is allegedly not recognised in the party’s structure as she was only appointed by Chihana.
He also claims that since divisions started in Aford, Chihana has been working with the deputy secretary general and all tasks are being assigned to her.
Ritchie has since called on Chihana to start recognising him as the party’s secretary general or risk court action.
He said: “I am the one who was elected at the convention. Tchupa was only appointed by him, so I don’t recognise her as my deputy.
“I will approach him to start recognising me as secretary general and if he continues to neglect me, I will have no option but continue with legal action.”
But in an interview yesterday, Chihana challenged Ritchie to go ahead with the court action, adding the court cannot dictate whom he associates with.
He accused Ritchie of being behind the leadership confusion that affected the party prior to the May 21 Tripartite Elections and wondered why Ritchie wants to work with him now. Said Chihana: “He took sides and now he wants me to be working with him. Right now we cannot be tdiscussing Aford issues. People are interested in the elections case. Time will come when we will have to sit down and look into Aford issues but now we can’t be talking of Aford.”