PATRIOTIC Front media and communications director Brian Hapunda has described as an act of indiscipline the decision by the Livingstone constituency officials to suspend its Member of Parliament, Lawrence Evans.
And Southern Province PF chairman Charles Hamududu has annulled the suspension of Mr Evans and halted the district and constituency elections which had been going on.
In an interview at the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International airport yesterday, Mr Hapunda said the party in Livingstone had no powers to suspend their area member of Parliament apart from the party’s secretary general.
Mr Hapunda said that President Edgar Lungu had been preaching love, peace and unity in the party and it was unacceptable for lower organs of the party to make unilateral decisions which were supposed to be taken by the Central Committee.
Mr Hapunda said President Lungu had directed party members to welcome and accommodate all members including those perceived to be members of some nondescript political parties.
He said that PF members were expected to be good students in politics as they were in Government and should never allow indiscipline to reign at any level of the party.
Mr Hapunda charged that those who were misbehaving in Livingstone should leave the ruling party if they felt the PF did not represent their values and ideological beliefs.
He said that the PF did not have room for indiscipline as it had been shown by the Livingstone PF members who suspended their area member of Parliament.
Mr Hapunda said the suspension of Mr Evans had been nullified because it was done without the blessings of the Central Committee and President Lungu.
“The purported suspension of Lawrence Evans was nothing but an act of indiscipline that should never be tolerated in a party that is governed by rules. The incident that happened on Friday resulting to one member getting injured was unfortunate and we should never see such things again. President Lungu has been preaching love, peace and unity in the party and we cannot continue on the path of resorting to violence. The suspension of Mr Evans has been annulled and as a party, it is our expectation that discipline should be at the core of governing the country,” Mr Hapunda said.
And Southern Province chairman Hamududu has suspended the process of the district and constituency elections and describing the suspension of Lawrence as null and void.
Mr. Hamududu said that the concerns which were raised by the constituency leading to Mr Evans’ suspension would be discussing an urgent meeting in Mazabuka where the party would have its provincial meeting.
He said that when he saw the letter purporting to suspend Mr Evans, he convened a meeting where they decided that the letter should be withdrawn so that it could be tabled at the provincial meeting.