CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
FORMER Matero member of Parliament (MP) Miles Sampa has advised Roan MP Chishimba Kambwili and former Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge to be repentant and take time to reflect on their expulsion from the Patriotic Front (PF).
The PF central committee expelled the duo on July 22, 2017 for alleged gross misconduct and bringing the name of the party into disrepute.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page on Sunday, Mr Sampa urged Mr Kambwili and Mr Musenge to continue being loyal to the ruling party, especially that the duo equally gave him the same advice when he differed with the PF leadership.
“My take on the unfortunate subject of my brothers, Honourable Chishimba Kambwili and Honourable Mwenya Musenge, is that they should pause, take time and reflect.
“As history may have it, the two were about the most vicious advising me a few years ago to remain in PF after I made some emotional and irrational decisions against the party,” Mr Sampa, who at some point left PF and formed the United Democratic Front, said.
Mr Sampa, who has not been re-admitted as a PF member until after three years as per party constitution, urged Mr Kambwili and Mr Musenge to be remorseful, meek and seek reconciliation with PF and President Lungu.
“The alternative routes they may wish to embark on are hardly ideal and not worth venturing into,” he said.
And Mr Sampa said President Lungu is a democrat and not a dictator as claimed by some opposition political party leaders.
He said the decisions President Lungu makes are consultative.
Mr Sampa said he supports the decisions President Lungu makes on behalf of the party.
“There is need to build loyalty towards PF and President Lungu now and for many years to come. I have also come to learn from experience that President Lungu is a loving, forgiving man and is the leader of PF and Zambia because of his historic loyalty, patience and discipline,” he said.
When contacted, Mr Kambwili said he is already seeking reconciliation with the PF.
“By my going to court to challenge my expulsion is reconciliation. I suffered for PF. It is the PF who want me out but I challenged the expulsion because I still want to be part of them,” Mr Kambwili said.
But Mr Musenge welcomed Mr Sampa’s call for reconciliation.
“I have nothing against the PF and the President [Mr Lungu] but it’s just that I was not given time to respond to allegations made against me,” he said.
Following Mr Kambwili’s expulsion, the PF wrote to Speaker of the National Assembly asking him to declare the seat vacant but the ruling party was advised that the matter had been taken to court.
In January, Mr Kambwili was given a seven-day ultimatum by the PF to exculpate himself for alleged failure to adhere to party rules and regulations.
The amended republican Constitution under Cap 26, article 72, provides that an MP will vacate his seat unless he contests the decision for the courts of law to determine the party’s decision.
The Constitution provides that: “Where a member of Parliament is expelled as provided in clause (2) (e), the member shall not lose the seat until the expulsion is confirmed by a court, except that where the member does not challenge the expulsion in court and the period prescribed for challenge lapses, the member shall vacate the seat in the National Assembly.”
The Constitution further states that where a court determines that an expulsion of a member was not justified, there shall be no by-election for that seat and the member shall opt to either remain a member of the political party and retain the seat or resign from the political party and retain the seat as an independent MP.