Now GBM runs to court

MY expulsion is illegal by reason of procedural impropriety, says Kasama Central member of Parliament Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba.

He has asked the Lusaka High Court to grant him an interim injunction to restrain the Patriotic Front (PF) from suspending or expelling him from the ruling party.

On Thursday, PF president Edgar Lungu expelled Mr Mwamba from the party and subsequently informed the Speaker of the National Assembly about the action taken against the Kasama Central constituency parliamentarian.

In a statement of claim filed in the principal registry on Thursday by his lawyers Mushipe and Associates, Mr Mwamba is seeking the court to declare that his expulsion from PF was irregular and as such was null and void ab nitio.

Mr Mwamba has sued Mr Davies Chama in his capacity as PF secretary general.

“The plaintiff prays for a declaration that the expulsion is illegal by reason of procedural impropriety. An order of interim injunction preventing the defendant by themselves or by their agents from suspending and /or expelling the plaintiff from being a member of the Patriotic Front, any other relief the court may deem fit and costs,” the statement reads.

Mr Mwamba said in the events leading to his suspension and recommended expulsion and subsequent expulsion, he was not given an opportunity to be heard and he suffered damage, loss and inconvenience.

He said on dates unknown but between March 4 and 5, 2015, he was informed by reliable sources of his purported expulsion from the party.

Mr Mwamba said the purported charge, suspension, notice of hearing and recommended expulsion and subsequent expulsion were never officially communicated to him.

Mr Mwamba said no formal charge of any purported misconduct was ever preferred against him and it has still not been communicated to him.

He said his resignation as minister of Defence was necessitated by the option given to him to choose between the Chitimukulu, Henry Kanyama Sosala, who happens to be his relative, and his job as minister.

Mr Mwamba said following his resignation, he heard and read media reports that he had been suspended from the PF.

“On Sunday 16th February, 2014, the party secretary general at that time, through media reports, said the Northern Province Patriotic Front disciplinary committee purportedly sat to hear and determine a disciplinary action against me and purportedly made recommendations for my expulsion from the party,” he said.

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