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UNIP president Trevor Mwamba paying a courtesy call on Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda (late) in Lusaka.

Gloves off in UNIP

THE battle for the soul, or more appropriately properties of UNIP, is effectively on, with party president Trevor Mwamba reacting to his suspension by suspending vice-president Mike Kaira, who has quickly dismissed the move as neither here nor there. Mr Kaira, a veteran politician who led the Independent Democratic Front (IDF) and Zambia United Front (ZUF) in the late 1990s, said Bishop Mwamba should not vent his anger on him because he was only a messenger of the central committee that suspended him as party president. Mr Kaira announced the suspension of Bishop Mwamba on Sunday after accusing him of failing to run the party since he took over its leadership last year. UNIP held a central committee meeting on Saturday where Bishop Mwamba suspended secretary general Lazarous Mwiche. But before the agenda of the meeting could be exhausted, Bishop Mwamba is said to have ended the gathering. However, members who remained behind agreed to suspend Bishop Mwamba and reinstate Mr Mwiche. Bishop Mwamba was surprised to read about his suspension, which he immediately declared as illegal, in the press. Speaking at a press briefing yesterday where he announced the suspension of Mr Kaira for indiscipline, he said it is his duty to protect and defend the party as CLICK TO READ MORE