NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
THE Patriotic Front (PF) central committee has resolved to reprimand Roan member of Parliament (MP) Chishimba Kambwili for disrespecting Luanshya mayor Nathan Chanda by using derogatory and demeaning language.
The central committee has also recommended that Mr Chanda be cautioned and advised to desist from unnecessarily invoking President Lunguâ€™s name.
Speaking during a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday, PF secretary-general Davies Mwila said he would write to Dr Kambwili to reprimand him as resolved by the central committee as well as to Mr Chanda to caution and advise him accordingly.
â€œIt is important that we state our desire to promote a culture in our party where we can be united and move together as a team,â€ he said.
Mr Mwila said the central committee directed that a team to be headed by party vice-president Inonge Wina be set up to facilitate reconciliation between Dr Kambwili and Mr Chanda.
But Dr Kambwili had earlier told the Zambia Daily Mail in an interview that the ruling party had cleared him of charges of misconduct.
Dr Kambwili thanked the PF disciplinary and central committee for fairly handling his disciplinary case.
Last month, the PF slapped Dr Kambwili with several counts of gross misconduct and asked him to exculpate himself.
the charges slapped on Dr Kambwili included calling Mr Chanda a wizard.
Mr Mwila said the central committee, which sat on Saturday, also deliberated on a number of issues regarding party management.
He said during the same meeting, President Lungu appointed Minister of Defence Davies Chama as chairperson for industry.
Mr Mwila also said the central committee passed a resolution to start party elections effective July 2018.
â€œThe party will conduct elections at all levels starting with the section up to province leading to the general conference scheduled for April 2020,â€ he said.
He said a work-plan for these elections would be circulated to all party officials to enable them to start making necessary arrangements for the fulfilment of the exercise.
Mr Mwila also said the party would work with all members who stood as independent candidates and were pardoned by President Lungu, including those that supported them.
â€œThe party appreciates the gesture of the President as this enables party members to reconcile and move together,â€ he said.
He further called for love, forgiveness, tolerance and common purpose as the party continues to provide national leadership.
NANCY SIAME, Lusaka