Wynter Kabimba refuses to comment on Given Lubinda
Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba has refused to comment on the events that transpired yesterday where Foreign Affairs Minister Given Lubinda was relegated to the back bench.
Mr Kabimba , who is now acting as Minsiter of Foreign Affairs referred all queries to the Chief Government spokesperson, Kennedy Sakeni.
“If you were in Parliament you should have heard what the Speaker said. That is all”, he said
Sources in Government have confirmed that Given Lubinda has with immediate effect been dropped from his ministerial post.
“Yes it is true that Mr Lubinda has been removed from his ministerial position. This is all we know right now but we will give you fresh information soon,” the sources said.
During Parliament, Kabompo West MP Charles Kakoma raised a point of order, asking why Mr Lubinda had continued to sit at the back.
In response Speaker of the National Assembly, Patrick Matibini said that there had been charges that had necessitated the change in sitting arrangements.
“There have been charges that have necessitated that (sitting arrangement) I have been informed and I hope the public relations at State House will comment,” Dr Matibini said.
The embattled Patriotic Front (PF) Kabwata Member of Parliament occupied the back-bench during Parliamentary sessions yesterday but on Wednesday, Mr Lubinda was seen in the front role where he normally sits.
Mr Lubinda’s seat was occupied by his former deputy, Effron Lungu.
Mr Lubinda was currently facing disciplinary hearing on charges of treachery after being accused of aligning himself with the opposition MMD and the UPND.
The other charges were that he leaked information to the online publication, Zambian Watchdog and the Daily Nation newspaper.
The PF disciplinary committee was also expected later this month to make a ruling on his disciplinary case but it was highly likely an expulsion would be the outcome.
Mr Lubinda resigned from the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) before joining the ruling party.