CHONGWE Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo has applied to the Lusaka High Court seeking an order of interim injunction to prevent the Patriotic Front (PF) from suspending her and subsequently expelling her.
Ms Masebo wants the Lusaka High Court to declare her suspension as Patriotic Front (PF) chairperson for elections as illegal, null and void and that she is still a member of the ruling party.
In her affidavit in support of ex parte summons for an order of interim injunction filed in the registry, Ms Masebo said she had been reliably informed that the decision and process to expel her from the party had already been made.
She said on January 4, 2015, secretary general Davies Chama issued a media statement that she was removed from her position in the party as chairperson for elections and replaced her with Mr Emmanuel Mpankanta.
Ms Masebo said her removal from the position of chairperson for elections was irregular as the party was at the time in disarray and there was no known leader.
“I was removed from the position of chairperson for elections because I could not bend the party rules to the advantage of one Edgar Lungu who was an aspiring candidate for the position of party president.
My stance to adhere to the due process of the party rules during the electoral process infuriated Mr Edgar Lungu and his supporters,” she said.
And in her statement of claim, Ms Masebo said she was not served with a written letter of her purported suspension or removal from the position of chairperson of elections and as such her suspension was null and void.
She said she knew about her purported suspension through the media statement which was issued by PF president Edgar Lungu.
Ms Masebo said on February 24, 2015 some sections of the media reported that some senior PF officials wanted her expelled from the party.
She said the news about her impending expulsion was already in public domain and that she would not be given a fair hearing if all the disciplinary proceedings against her commenced.
“By reason of the aforesaid, I have suffered damage, loss, inconvenience, irreparable injury and I am liable to lose my parliamentary seat owing to the defendant’s unjustifiable actions.
“I humbly request this honourable court for an order of interim injunction restraining the defendant whether by himself or his servants’ agents, from suspending and expelling me from being a member of the Patriotic Front (PF) until the determination of the case,” she said.