Anti-Litunga PF members face axe


PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary-general Davies Mwila has directed Western Province chairperson Charles Mutuwa to immediately suspend two members of the ruling political party for being part of a group that has sued the Lozi Paramount Chief, the Litunga, in an attempt to have him leave the throne.
According to an originating notice of motion by the subjects issued through the Mongu High Court, the traditional leader has been asked to relinquish his position as the Litunga of Western Province lawfully in accordance to the law.
The traditional ruler has been sued for alleged gross incompetence and abuse of authority by his Indunas (councillors) Nabiwa Imikendu and Charles Mutemwa, who are PF members, and Mukubesa Ilukena and Mumbisho Liswaniso.
Mr Mwila said the suspensions have been done to avoid unwarranted suspicion and malicious propaganda that the PF is supporting the action of trying to impeach the Litunga.
“We wish to reiterate the fact that our party respects traditional leaders and establishments and has a policy not to meddle in issues of chieftainship,” Mr Mwila said.
He said in a statement yesterday that President Lungu and the PF value the role that traditional leaders play in nation building and development.
Mr Mwila said the PF will not allow its members to be part of manoeuvres that undermine its policy on relations with traditional establishments.
“We are studying the implications of the conduct of our two members for purposes of considering further disciplinary action against them,” he said.
Mr Mutuwa has confirmed receipt of the letter from Mr Mwila.
He said Mr Imikendu and Mr Mutemwa are ordinary members who do not hold any positions in the party.
“I know the two, they are our members but they do not hold any positions. I am yet to act on the directive from the secretary-general,” he said.

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