Given Lubinda will not represent Zambia at the AU session-State House
State House has issued a statement to the media saying that Foreign Affairs Minister Given Lubinda will not represent the country at next week’s 20th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia because he has taken his annual leave.
The statemenent further stated that Hon. Lubinda has been on leave since December 21, 2012 and another Minister has already taken his position as acting Foreign Affairs Minister.
“However, it should also be borne in mind that Hon. Lubinda is facing serious charges against the party, which will only be resolved at the forthcoming party Central Committee meeting,” concluded the statement.
The Central Committee of the Patriotic Front (PF) is this weekend expected to deliver judgment on the disciplinary case against Kabwata member of Parliament Given Lubinda among other party members.
A full central committee meeting is scheduled to sit on Sunday, January 20, to act on the report of the disciplinary committee which determined cases against Mr Lubinda, who is also Foreign Affairs minister, and others.
Mr Edgar Lungu, who is chairperson of the disciplinary committee, said according to a notice, a meeting of chairpersons will be held on Friday January 18, 2013 while the full central committee meeting is scheduled for Sunday.
The disciplinary committee which heard cases against Mr Lubinda and suspended Eastern Province chairman Lucas Phiri, among others, sat from January 4 to 6, 2013.
The committee then forwarded its recommendations to the PF central committee for action.
Mr Lubinda, Mr Phiri and other accused party members appeared before the committee.
Pressure has been mounting with party members calling for the expulsion of Mr Lubinda from the party, accusing him of working with opposition parties.
PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba gave Mr Lubinda a seven-day ultimatum to exculpate himself from allegations that he was leaking confidential information to the media and opposition parties.
And Mr Phiri was suspended from the party with five other officials for allegedly sowing seeds of division in PF.
Mr Phiri and other suspended officials were also accused of working with former Chipata Central MP Lameck Mangani to propagate division in the district.