THE ongoing political drama within the Patriotic Front (PF) has taken a new twist after the Miles Sampa faction successfully held its convention at the Mulungushi Conference Centre in Lusaka this afternoon.
‘Delegates’ from various regions of the country gathered to participate in the convention, ultimately electing Mr Sampa as the party’s new president.
Mr Sampa secured victory after a closely contested race against prominent contenders, including Lameck Njovu, Lloyd Moonga, Jane Mbololwa, Robert Mulusa, Ali Zulu, and Morgan Ng’ona.
Maurice Malambo, the returning officer who declared the results, emphasised the importance of a strong opposition party in a democratic nation.
He noted that the PF had weathered internal conflicts, and it was now incumbent upon Mr Sampa to unite the party.
Mr Malambo extended his gratitude to the delegates for displaying a sense of unity and maturity during the convention.
And in his address to the delegates following his election, ‘president’ Sampa expressed his wholehearted acceptance of the role and pledged to work diligently for the people.
He said he is committed to serving the people and fostering unity.
Mr Sampa declared, “I accept wholeheartedly. I will work for you, the people. Nshilila abantu, elo nshakebilepo abantu.”
And in a dramatic move, president Sampa also announced the appointment of Morgan Ng’ona as the party’s Secretary General.
However, the Given Lubinda led faction said the activity being held at Mulungushi International conference center by its suspended member, Miles Sampa is illegal.
Party Chairperson for Information and Publicity Member of the Central Committee Emmanuel Mwamba alleged that the activities being perpetuated by their suspended presidential hopeful is State House sponsored.
He said Mr Sampa remains suspended and therefore any function and activity in the name of PF is illegal.
In a statement, Mr Mwamba said Mr Sampa has since been reported to police for masquerading as a PF member.
“We have noted that an illegal activity is being held by suspended Matero MP, Miles Sampa at Mulungushi International Conference in the name of the Patriotic Front.We must emphasise that Mr. Sampa remains suspended from the Party and can not therefore hold any function or activity in the name of the Patriotic Front,” he said.
Mr Mwamba said the party Constitution is very clear on how the General Conference or Extra-Ordinary General Conference are called and held.
He accused the United Party for National Development (UPND) top leadership as being behind the sponsoring of the process.
Mr Mwamba alleged that they UPND have mooted what they are calling an “MDC plot” against the PF, whereby a parallel Patriotic Front will be created, sponsored and supported.
But State House Chief Communications Specialist Clayson Hamasaka has rubbished the claims saying PF should spare it the drama currently going on in the party.
“Oh please, spare State House from PF issues. It is not the first time PF are having such drama around their ‘convention’. As a matter fact, PF have never had a convention I think from the time they elected late President Michael Sata. What they have been having are mob gatherings of pangas etc without any ballot being cast,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 24th October, 2023)
President Hichilema to continue living at Community House, as Concourt dismisses petition against his stay at the private house
THE Constitutional Court has dismissed for lack of a merit Patriots for Economic Progress president Sean Tembo’s petition challenging President Hakainde Hichilema’s continued stay at his private house instead of shifting to State House.
This means that the President will continue staying at his private Community House in New Ksama.
Passing judgment, Constitutional Court deputy judge president Arnold Shilimi said the court found Mr Tembo’s petition to have lacked merit because the constitution does not compel the President to move to Nkwazi House.
Further, the judge said the court found that Mr Tembo’s plea for the court to declare an order compelling the President to shift to State House is not tenable considering that no law that obliges the Head of State to reside at State House.
“We find that in the absence of any Constitutional provision or any other law that compels the President to reside at State House,and in light of the Respondent’s[Attorney General] submission on the dilapidated state of Nkwazi House requiring high cost of renovations.
“The alleged constitutional breaches relating to the President’s alleged refusal to shift to State House lacks merit and is misconceived,” Judge Shilima said on behalf of other judges who heard the case.
“We find that the alleged breach relating to the right to life is improperly before this court for want of jurisdiction over part iii of the constitution,” he added.
The court consequently dismissed the petition for lack of merit.
In this matter, Mr Tembo petitioned the Constitutional Court over President Hichilema’s refusal to relocate to State House since he was elected in August, 2021.
The politician had submitted that the President was spending huge sums of money through his trips from Community House to State House on a daily basis and putting at risk the safety of many Zambians on the route he is using to access his house.
He further argued that the huge sums of money which was being used on a daily basis, about K126 million per year, could be channeled to other areas of need such as procurement of drugs in hospitals and books for readers in schools.
However, in reply, the State, through Attorney General Mulilo Kabesha, argued that the petition lacked merit because Mr Tembo did not cite the particular article or law which mandates the president actually reside at State House.
He also argued that accommodation of the past Presidents at State House was only a matter of practice or custom and not law.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 9th December, 2023)
Masturbation comment invites Sean Tembo to court
PATRIOTS for Economic Progress president Sean Tembo has pleaded not guilty to using insulting language when he compared the intervention to sale cheaper ZNS mealie meal in the wake of escalating prices of the commodity prices to masturbation.
The outspoken businessman has been charged with use of insulting language which he allegedly uttered on October 17 this year, the eve of National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance and Reconciliation.
Allegations are that on the material day, the accused said “Bally is selling a few bags of ZNS mealie meal using Shoprite, hoping to create a perception of low price is equal to masturbation”.
The sentiments are alleged to likely provoke Abel Mashowo, who reported the case, to break the law or commit any offence against Tembo.
When the case was called today, a magistrate readout the charged and asked the accused whether he understood it.
In response, Mr Tembo responded in the affirmative and pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The court adjourned the case was adjourned to next month for commencement of trial.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th December, 2023)
DPP wants more punishment for CK
THE State, through the Director of Public Prosecutions, Gilbert Phiri, has filed a notice to appeal against the five months sentence imposed of Chishimba Kambwili after he was found guilty of promoting hate speech by uttering tribal remarks.
On Thursday, Mr Kambwili, a Patriotic Front member of the central committee, was sentenced to five months imprisonment with hard labour.
This was after the Kasama Magistrate’s Court found him guilty of the offence of expressing or showing hatred, ridicule, or contempt for persons because of tribe or place of origin.
After being hailed, the politician appealed against the verdict and was later released on bail pending hearing of his appeal against the sentence.
But the DPP has filed a cross appeal seeking to challenge the five months jail term imposed on the outspoken former Roan MP.
Mr Phiri feels the sentence was too lenient and that when his application is being heard, he wants to be present in court..
“I, the above named appellant(DPP) , hereby give notice that I desire to appeal to the High Court against the sentence of the accused person.
I desire to be present when the court considers the appeal,” the notice of appeal, which has been circulated online, reads in part.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 7th December, 2023)