THE Patriot Front(PF) has maintained that Miles Sampa is not the party president and the impromptu extraordinary convention which saw his election was a fiasco and should be frowned upon.
PF vice-president Given Lubinda said the purported convention which ushered Mr Sampa into position of party president was “nonsense” and against the PF constitution.
Mr Lubinda, a former Minister of Justice, stressed that the PF leadership structure remains intact and the one led by Mr Sampa is an illegality.
In the wake of the High Court’s discharge of an ex-parte decision to maintain the status quo that Mr Sampa is PF president, Mr Lubinda said members from his team are the legitimate leaders.
“As far as we are concerned, we are the legitimate leaders of this party and anyone who is going round simply because of what happened today(yesterday) is simply a masquerader,” he said during a press conference last evening.
Mr Lubinda said he will fight for PF and is ready to be imprisoned in a quest to ensure that the former governing party is not decimated, allegedly through state machinery.
“I am prepared to go into prison for this. We are not going to allow thuggery of this kind because allowing this will be betraying the 20 million Zambians,” he said.
Mr Lubinda said allowing the PF, the largest opposition, to be grabbed and destroyed by Mr Sampa would amount to agreeing that Zambia” must turn into a dictatorship”.
“We will not sell the party for the love of money,” he said while urging Zambians to “rise, stand up” and defend democracy.
Mr Lubinda also threatened legal action against the Registrar of Societies Thandiwe Mhende for accepting documentation of change of PF office bearers submitted by Mr Sampa.
He wonders how Ms Mhende accepted the change of officers bearers by the Mr Sampa, whose election was done in abrogation of the PF constitution.
Mr Lubinda argues that Mr Sampa was illegally elected and has no power to make changes to PF office bearers and submit them to the Registrar because the extraordinary convention which ushered him in office was unconstitutionally convened.
“We are instructing our lawyers to call you(Ms Mhende) out and explain why you ignored provisions of our party constitution. The Registrar accepted the products of an illegality(which elected Mr Sampa),” he said.
Mr Lubinda also accused President Hakainde Hichilema and the UPND of looking for opportunities to weaken the PF.
“They have been looking for the opportunity and they found it in the weak soul in one Miles Bwalya Sampa,” he said.
But UPND national youth chairperson Gilbert Liswaniso advised the PF to stop blaming the ruling party over its historic leadership wrangles
“You cannot say that UPND is involved when the fights for PF leadership started a long time, Don’t involve us. We want to see the PF to be strong and provide checks and balances,” Mr Liswaniso said when he called in during a live programme on Diamond Television featuring PF members Emmanuel Mwamba and Bowman Lusambo.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 28th 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)