SYLVIA Masebo has been expelled from the Patriotic Front (PF)
PF president Edgar Lungu, who is republican President has said the Chongwe parliamentarian had been expelled from the ruling party for gross misconduct and indiscipline.
President Lungu in a letter dated 24 February addressed to Ms Masebo and copied to PF secretary general Davis Chama, said following the disciplinary action against the former Tourism and Arts minister in which she was charged with bringing the name of the ruling party and that of the president into disrepute, Ms Masebo had been expelled from the party from the date of her suspension.
The Head of State said in his letter to Ms Masebo that she openly campaigned for an opposition presidential candidate while she was still a member of the PF and could therefore not continue to be a member of the ruling party.
The President has since notified the Speaker of the National Assembly of Ms Masebo’s expulsion from the ruling party.
“Further to the matter in which you were charged for bringing the name of the party and that of the party president into disrepute, whereby you openly campaigned for an opposition presidential candidate whilst being a member of the party and further to your suspension from the party on 1st December 2014, I write to notify you that you have been expelled from the party with effect from the date of your suspension. By copy of this letter, the Speaker of the National Assembly is hereby notified of your expulsion from the party,” President Lungu said.
During the January presidential election, Ms Masebo campaigned for United Party for National Development (UPND) presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema and verbally abused the Head of State in most of her speeches at the time. Ms Masebo defected from the MMD and joined the PF just before the September 2011 general elections and lost her Chongwe seat to the then MMD candidate Japhen Mwakalombe and only won it back the seat through a by-election after the then member of Parliament resigned and was given a diplomatic job in Mozambique.