The Patriotic Front (PF) in Kabwe district has suspended and reprimanded some of its members and officials for allegedly taking part in the harassment of Central Province permanent secretary Edwidge Mutale last month.
According to the various charges levelled against the named officials, PF members allegedly wrote a letter to Central Province commissioner of police Lombe Kamukoshi asking to stage a demonstration against the Central Province permanent secretary.
The letter was purported to have full blessings of the entire Kabwe district executive committee when in fact not.
Some other PF members have been accused of masquerading as district officials and misrepresenting the party when in fact they are not in the party structures.
When asked about the suspensions, district secretary Boston Mpende referred the query to district chairman Mulenga Chella who confirmed the suspensions but declined to name the victims.
He said the resolution to suspend some PF Kabwe officials and members was arrived at after a meeting held on October 7 in Kabwe but advised that names of the victims would be made known when the letters were formally served on them.
“Kindly bear with me, yes there are some members that we are placing on suspensions for various offences but let us be formal, I can only divulge more information after they have received the letters. Give me up to Monday afternoon and I will give you all the necessary details,” he said. Last month, during a provincial women’s conference organised by the NGOCC, Ms. Mutale disclosed that she was living in danger as there were some party cadres who were planning to kick her out of her office. Ms. Mutale said she was being harassed because she had opted to remain as a loyal civil servant who could not be abused by party cadres.
“The only reason that I am being harassed is because I have decided to remain professional as a civil servant. So this is what I came to tell you, my life is in danger,” she said.
so am neither here nor there as today I am in Copperbelt tomorrow I am in Lusaka and the next hour I am in Kabwe. It is all because I am protecting my life,” Ms. Mutale said.
Speaking in separate interviews, PF Central province chairman Benson Chali and district chairman Chella warned of stern action against cadres and officials who would engage in the lawless act.
Mr. Chali said PF was a party of discipline and any indiscipline acts would be dealt with severely.
He directed cadres to use normal channels of airing grievances especially on people appointed by the President.
The planned demonstration however did not take place as riot police sealed off the provincial administration offices and Ms. Mutale confirmed having resumed her work peacefully.