Epac general secretary Obed Tatsunda Banda on Monday told MBC that the team had suspended Mpulula and replaced him with assistant coach Abbas Makawa with immediate effect.
However speaking to MBC Online on Thursday, Mpulula said he was still in charge of the team because his suspension was announced only by the media.
“I was told that anything you hear from the media is hearsay. You are not employed by the media but by Epac FC,” Mpulula said.
“After investigating what has been going around, there’s nothing that has transpired.”
The outspoken coach said the development would not affect his work or put him under any pressure.
“This will not affect my morale because when you are at a new place you should expect such things. It’s part of life,” he said.
Nevertheless, Mpulula said he would honour a formal invitation by the executive committee to a meeting with the technical panel whose agenda is apparently to sort out issues affecting the team.
“I have a letter summoning me to map the way forward and explain how the team is performing so that they should also have our side of the story,” he said.
Meanwhile Tatsunda Banda confirmed the team had rescinded the decision to suspend Mpulula.
“Leo refused to receive his suspension letter. So we have decided to keep him until further notice. He is still our coach,” Tatsunda Banda said.
“These things are done through the papers so if he hasn’t got any letter from the club he cannot go and we cannot abandon him.”
The former Blantyre United coach, renowned for his no-nonsense approach to issues, drew the wrath of Epac after a poor start having collected five points from six games.
The team has dropped to the relegation zone, just three points off the bottom of the table bottom occupied by Civo United.
They face seventh placed Kamuzu Barracks at Civo Stadium on Saturday in the TNM Super League.