DR CANISIUS Banda has described the manner in which he has been suspended from the United Party for National Development as ‘‘grossly unethical’’ because it is at variance with the etiquette of office management.
In an interview shortly after his suspension, Dr Banda said his party had not given him the suspension letter yet it had been distributed to the media.
“It is grossly unethical for my party UPND to suspend me by giving the letter of my suspension to the press before giving it to me,” he said.
Dr Banda said the conduct by the party to suspend him in such a manner was at variance with the etiquette of office ethics.
He said citizens should learn from the manner in which the UPND had decided to suspend him.
Dr Banda said he did not expect a letter of suspension from UPND president Mr Hakainde Hichilema but that he expected a letter of gratitude thanking him for his massive contribution to the UPND.
“I expect Hakainde Hichilema to be giving me a letter of gratitude thanking me for having served the UPND diligently, faithfully and passionately; so I thank you for your services,” he said.
Dr Banda added that he expected a letter of commendation from the UPND, saying he was a patriotic vice president who decided not to work with his tribesman, President Edgar Lungu.
Yesterday, Mr Hichilema suspended Dr Banda for alleged gross misconduct.
In a letter addressed to Dr Banda, Mr Hichilema informed his vice president for politics that he had charged him with gross misconduct following various media statements attributed to him which were inimical to the interest of the party.
“In addition to other negative activities, it has been brought to my attention that you have been issuing inflammatory, derogatory statements against other senior members of the party.
“You have to note that the Daily Nation Newspaper articles attributed to you have brought the name of the party into ridicule and public odium in the minds of right-thinking Zambians,” Mr Hichilema said in the suspension letter addressed to Dr Banda.
Mr Hichilema said he had made several attempts to discuss the matter with Dr Banda but that the latter did not avail himself.
Mr Hichilema said under the circumstances, by virtue of the powers vested in him under article 74 (d) of the UPND constitution, “You are hereby charged with gross misconduct. You have seven days from the date hereof in which to exculpate yourself pertaining to the charge levelled against you.
“I hereby suspend you from performing the duties of vice president for politics pending the determination of this matter by the National Management Committee,” Mr Hichilema said.
On Saturday, the UPND National Management Committee held a caucus meeting at the party secretariat at 14:00 hours where Dr Banda was not officially invited by the general secretary Mr Stephen Katuka.