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‘Fube PF injunction application frivolous’

HENRY SINYANGWE, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front Secretary General Bridget Atanga has asked the Lusaka High Court to throw out Mr Mulenga Fube’s application for an injunction describing it as frivolous and vexatious because the applicant is not a member of the party.
Mr Fube on Friday filed an affidavit seeking a court ruling on the decision by the PF to go for a general conference ignoring the adoption of the party president through the central committee.
He sued Mrs Atanga in her capacity as party secretary general.
But in an affidavit filed before Judge Mwila Chitoba yesterday, Mrs Atanga submitted that there was nowhere in the party constitution where the National Council was required to be consulted prior to or with issues of setting a date or indeed an announcement for convening of the party general conference.
She submitted that it was not true that there was no consultation with the central committee as submitted by Mr Fube.
Mrs Atanga further submitted that Mr Fube ceased to be a member of the PF in 2006 when he resigned following his non-adoption to contest the Chilubi parliamentary seat in 2006.
“That this matter involves members of the PF and that it is my belief that a non-member cannot have sufficient interest or locus standi in this matter and that as far as the records of the PF are concerned, the plaintiff herein ceased to be a member of the PF in 2006 when he resigned following his non-adoption to stand as an MP for Chilubi constituency in 2006  as he decided to stand as an independent candidate, and that to my knowledge, he has never re-applied to be admitted to the party as prescribed by the party constitution and therefore lacks the necessary interest to take suit against the party,” Mrs Atanga submitted.

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