Zambian Voice wants PF to come out clean on Given Lubinda
A non-governmental organisation called Zambian Voice has challenged the ruling PF to clearly state the nature of the offences that Kabwata MP Given Lubinda has been found guilty of.
Zambian Voice Executive Director Chilufya Tayali made the call in a news statement adding that the PF should come out in the open and state exactly what wrong Mr. Lubinda has committed.
“We understand the PF Central Committee is meeting this Wednesday, our appeal is that the men and women in the Central Committee will seek to protect democracy and avoid an unnecessary bye election,” Mr. Tayali said.
He said, “One of the allegations against Mr. Lubinda is that he leaked confidential party information to some media house. Since the said leaked articles were probably published, the nation is obviously anxious to know which articles in particular contained confidential information that Mr. Lubinda caused to be published by having them leaked to the media.”
Mr. Tayali challenged the PF to release this information as it starts its Wednesday meeting if the party believes in natural justice.
“As an organisation, we find it obnoxious and unfair that the Central Committee, a team of 52 men and women could decide the fate of a man who received 29,744 votes, representing 74% of the total votes cast less than two years ago without giving an opportunity to the thousands that voted for him in the 2011 elections to understand what offence their MP committed against the party.”
He added, “The PF should not take the people of Kabwata for granted. If Mr. Lubinda indeed erred, we believe the PF should come out clean and state exactly what wrong he did so that the people of Kabwata in particular and Zambians in general can also form their own opinion about the man they overwhelmingly voted for in three consecutive elections.”
“Without taking away from the PF’s right to discipline its erring members, we believe the case of Mr. Lubinda and his impending expulsion goes beyond the party’s narrow interests but speaks to the core of how political parties in Zambia administer their internal politics,” Mr. Tayali said.
The Zambian Voice Executive Director said his organisation believes that Mr. Lubinda is a victim of international petty jealousy in a raging succession battle.
He said, “The PF Central Committee has a moral duty to save Zambia, the PF Central Committee has a sacred duty to defend democracy and the PF Central Committee has an obligation to protect natural justice.”
The PF Central Committee, the party’s highest decision making organ is this Wednesday scheduled to have an all-important meeting which is expected to seal the fate of Mr. Lubinda and other party officials facing disciplinary charges.