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GBM ban: Procedure not followed, says PF lawyer

By CAROLINE KALOMBE
THE Patriotic Front (PF) says the Northern Province executive committee did not follow procedure when it suspended Kasama member of Parliament (MP) Geoffrey Mwamba, popularly known as GBM.
This is in a matter in which Mr Mwamba is asking the Lusaka High Court to stop his suspension and expulsion from the PF by declaring it as null and void.
When the matter came up for inter parte hearing before High Court judge Anne Sharpe-Phiri, the lawyer representing PF Secretary-General Wynter Kabimba, Dean Mumba, said the provincial committee did not follow procedure when it decided to suspend Mr Mwamba.
He said Mr Mwamba is a senior member of the party and the provincial committee had no power to suspend him.
Mr Mumba said the provincial committee could only make recommendations to the central committee, which would then hear the matter and decide the course of action to be taken.
Justice Sharpe-Phiri has reserved ruling on whether
Mr Mwamba was properly suspended to a date to be communicated to the parties.
Mr Mwamba noted in his affidavit that he had not been communicated to with regard to the purported expulsion.
He said the purported charge, suspension, notice of hearing recommending his expulsion and subsequent expulsion were never officially communicated to him.
Mr Mwamba wants a declaration that his purported suspension and expulsion from the PF is null and void by reason of impropriety in that he was not formally charged by the party nor accorded a chance to be heard prior to the purported expulsion.

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