CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
FORMER Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili has appealed against his expulsion from the Patriotic Front (PF) arguing that the
central committee did not follow the party constitution and procedure.
Mr Kambwili is challenging his expulsion from the PF saying it was wrongful, illegal, null and void, and that his rights under the party constitution were infringed upon as he was not accorded an opportunity to answer to the charges.
“The decision made by the Patriotic Front party through the central committee was illegal, uncautionable, without basis and oppressive,” he said.
According to a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court yesterday, Mr Kambwili contends that on July 22 this year, a meeting was called by the central committee which was held at State House.
Mr Kambwili submits that during the meeting, there was on the agenda a report of the disciplinary committee on a matter involving former Copper-belt Minister Mwenya Musenge which has nothing to do with his disciplinary case.
Mr Kambwili argues that he was not given any charges as provided for under the PF constitution and that he was not given the minimum time as stipulated under the party’s disciplinary procedure to exculpate himself.
Mr Kambwili says the decision to expel him from the PF has not been communicated to him in person and that he only saw a story in the Sunday Mail of July 23 this year.
He wants the court to declare that the decision to expel him from PF was wrongful, illegal, null and void, and that his rights were infringed upon.
Mr Kambwili also wants the court to order that the PF central committee could not be the complainant or accuser and judge in its own case against him.