Kabwe’s Bwacha Patriotic Front (PF) constituency chairman Saidi Chibwana has been suspended for alleged dishonest dealing with the ruling party.
The Patriotic Front in Kabwe district has accused Mr Chibwana of having sold a bus to the party at K35, 000 but refused to change ownership.
The bus has since been surrendered to police and the ruling party is demanding a refund.
But Central province PF chairman Benson Chali said party members must avoid suspending each other during the time of intra party elections.
He said the PF should be getting ready for the 2016 general elections.
Kabwe district PF chairman Mulenga Chella disagreed with Mr Chali that party officials should abuse the ‘no suspension’ directive and perpetuate indiscipline and criminality using the party’s name.
According to information made available to the Daily Nation, in June last year Mr. Chibwana, whom the party declined to adopt for the Bwacha parliamentary seat in 2011 did supply a Toyota Hiace bus to the PF Kabwe district at a cost of K35,000.
However, Mr Chibwana neglected to avail the new buyers with ZRA and Interpol clearance certificates.
Mr Chibwana kept on assuring the party that the vehicle had the papers but failed to make them available.
Mr. Chella explained that Mr. Chibwana deliberately ignored numerous requests and reminders for him to surrender the papers so that the party could process change of ownership and insurance cover.
He disclosed that time after time the vehicle was being impounded by police who were demanding for the same papers but Mr. Chibwana continued to ignore the reminders.
It was because of this that the ruling party leadership decided to surrender the vehicle to the police and demanded for a refund which Mr. Chibwana has ignored even during his suspension.
“When need arose to buy a vehicle, Chibwana said that he was going to bring the party a vehicle and was paid K35,000 but when the vehicle came we demanded for the Interpol and ZRA clearance papers which he failed to produce.
We made numerous reminders but he ignored them hence our decision to surrender the vehicle to the police and demand a refund which he has also failed to make.
We then decided to suspend him. Now, it is up to the police to further investigate the ownership of the vehicle,” said Mr. Chella.
Efforts to get a comment from Mr. Chibwana failed as his mobile phones were off.