CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka
FORMER Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili says he will contest his expulsion from the Patriotic Front (PF) in the courts of law.
Mr Kambwili said in an interview yesterday that he will not leave the PF because he is among the people who have “suffered for it”.
“I said earlier, and I will say it again; I will be the last person to leave the PF. I am PF and so I cannot go anywhere,” he said.
Mr Kambwili dispelled speculations that he has plans of forming his own political party.
“Those that want to speculate about me wanting to form my own political party should continue doing so but they should know that I am not letting go of the PF,” he said.
Mr Kambwili maintained that his expulsion is illegal because it was allegedly not done in the right way.
But former Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge has welcomed his expulsion from the PF.
Speaking in a separate interview, Mr Musenge thanked President Lungu for having accorded him an opportunity to serve in his Government.
“I accept with both hands the expulsion from the party. Thank you for expelling me, we are going back to the people and then will later give a comprehensive statement on the way forward,” he said.
And former Lusaka mayor Daniel Chisanga said the decision by the central committee of the PF to expel Mr Kambwili and Mr Musenge is welcome and long overdue.
Mr Chisanga said Mr Kambwili was trying to position himself as the next leader of the PF because of being misguided that he was popular, hence his actions and manoeuvres.
“Let Mr Kambwili now open his eyes and see how many of those people who were misleading and chewing his money will follow him, same with his counterpart Musenge,” he said.
PF Lusaka district chairperson Yelisa Kondowe said it is a good move to expel the two.
And ARTHUR MWANSA reports that PF founder member Edwin Lifwekelo said the expulsion of Mr Kambwili and Mr Musenge calls for self-introspection among other undisciplined party members.
Mr Lifwekelo, who is also former PF first secretary-general, said the expulsion of Mr Kambwili and Mr Musenge is long overdue because the two were facing several disciplinary charges.
“The decision by the PF central committee to expel the two members may be regrettable because politics is about numbers. This decision should send a message to other would-be undisciplined members that the party is bigger than an individual, and no one is above the law,” he said.