NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
FORMER Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili has engaged lawyers to start legal proceedings
against the decision of the Patriotic Front (PF) central committee to expel him from the ruling party.
This has disappointed the PF, which had hoped that he would live up to his challenge to face the party in a parliamentary by-election.
PF secretary-general Davies Mwila said yesterday that the PF was ready to face Mr Kambwili in a parliamentary by-election, for the Roan constituency seat.
In an interview yesterday, Mr Kambwili said he has engaged lawyers to start court proceedings today.
“I have not yet filed any documents before the court but I will do so before Friday. The PF has also not served me with a letter of expulsion, I have just been reading about it [in the media],” he said.
But the Daily Mail is in receipt of Mr Kambwili’s expulsion letter dated July 24, 2017 written by Mr Mwila.
Clerk of the National Assembly Cecilia Siakatele wrote a letter dated July 25, 2017 to Mr Mwila asking him to confirm whether or not the PF had expelled Mr Kambwili to which the party confirmed in a letter dated July 26, 2017.
Mr Mwila confirmed in an interview that the party wrote to Dr Patrick Matibini asking him to declare Roan parliamentary seat vacant following the expulsion of Mr Kambwili from the party.
“The Speaker has written back to us, we have acknowledged but we are very disappointed as a party because Mr Kambwili has always been saying he is a political giant and ready to face PF in Roan,” Mr Mwila said.
On reports that former Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge intends to form a political party, Mr Mwila said he is free to do so because it is his democratic right.
Mr Mwila accused Mr Kambwili and Mr Musenge of not being with PF, hence they allegedly brought confusion in the party before they were expelled.
He also dispelled assertions that the PF is losing popularity on the Copperbelt because of the expulsion of the duo.
“All party structures are happy with the central committee’s decision to expel the two,” Mr Mwila said.
On the adoption of President Lungu as candidate for the 2021 general elections, Mr Mwila said the head of State is just a preferred candidate subject to approval by the general conference and that any PF member wishing to contest the presidency is free to do so.
“As far as the party is concerned, President Lungu is eligible to contest the 2021 elections but PF is a democratic party and will continue being one,” he said.