By Bryan Chafwila
President Edgar Lungu is the Patriotic Front’s (PF) 2021 presidential candidate, though his candidature is subject to approval by the 2020 General Conference, insists party Secretary General, Davies Mwila.
Mwila was speaking at the PF’s secretariat in Lusaka during a a media briefing where he revealed the resolutions of the PF Central Committee sitting on 22nd of July, 2017.
Mwila revealed that after a fruitful meeting chaired by Party President,Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the Committee resolved to expel Roan Member of Parliament, Chishimba Kambwili as well as his counterpart, Mwenye Musenge on grounds of gross indiscipline tantamount to distabilising the party and bringing the party’s name into disrepute.
Contrary to what Kambwili said in the media that the two (Kambwili and Musenge) had not been accorded enough room to exculpate themselves, the PF Secretary General said when the two were furnished with facts before the committee, they could not deny the allegations but instead opted to walk out of the meeting.
“Honourable Chishimba Kambwili, was reportedly destabilizing the party and the receipt of two letters of reprdelivered over his indiscipline in the party highlighting the allegations levelled on him as provided for by the party’s Article 29 (c), (d), (h), (i), (h) and (p) which highlights the punitive measures to be taken against erring individuals was delivered, Kambwili remained adamant and refused to respect party structures,” the statement read in part. Am not
Mwila said: “During the hearing, evidence was put to both Hon. Kambwili and Hon. Musenge and both failed to defend themselves. When he (Kambwili) was given an opportunity to further exculpate himself, he admited that a former minister who was an MP from Muchinga province proposed to him to form a splinter party to undermine PF. He claimed he declined the idea but this was only after he was challenged to deny whether a meeting took place at his home comprising himself, Hon Musenge and three other MPs.”
Furthermore, the report revealed that Musenge had gone to three places with a K110, 000 given to him by Kambwili to distabilise the party, the allegations the report stated the latter could not refute.
Speaking shortly to journalists, Home Affairs minister, Steven Kampyongo refuted allegations by Kambwili that PF cadres had been dispatched by the PF secretariat to go and disrupt his press conference which was scheduled to take place at 10:30 hours at his home in Kabulonga, arguing that there was no way PF would send cadres to Kambwili’s home, but that the Roan Member of Parliament knew the right procedure to follow if one wished to hold a press conference.
Mwila, however stated that Kambwili had the legal right to seek redress before the courts of law to challenge the expulsion.
Since his dismissal as Minister of Information, Chishimba Kambwili has been caught up in a web of wrangles with the party which he says he was one of the founding members, a claim the party says adds no water as the party has already decided on who should steer it forward up to 2021.
Just recently, Kambwili was summoned to appear before the Anti-Corruption Commission) to answer to some corrupt practices and the matter is ongoing
Yesterday, Kambwili made headlines when he announced that he would be holding a press conference at his Lusaka residence following what he called ” an unbalanced and premeditated unanymous decision” to expel him from the party.
Most political analysts have said that the expulsion of Kambwili is to silence those who have presidential ambitions, but the party says it’s a way of maintaining order and discipline in the party.