Choma Mayor Geoffrey Makwamba has been expelled from the opposition United Party for National Development(UPND) with immediate effect, further deepening wrangles at the trouble torn Choma Municipal Council.
This is according to a letter of expulsion signed by UPND District Chairman Gamela Sikaleya and made available to ZANIS in Choma yesterday.
The letter says the District Executive Committee meeting held today has resolved that Mayor Makwamba be expelled from the party for his conduct which has brought the name of the UPND into disrepute and ridicule.
The UPND says the conduct of the mayor has been inimical to the interest of the party.
Mr Makwamba becomes the second mayor to be expelled from the UPND while serving in office. His predecessor, Masson Chaboya was also expelled in a similar fashion.
When contacted for a comment, Mr Makwamba said he could not immediately comment on the matter but confirmed receiving his expulsion letter.
Today, the office of the Town Clerk in Choma was locked by irate patriotic front (PF) youths after newly appointed Town Clerk Mwiya Mwiya attempted to take over the office.
This was when PF youths led by district political secretary Bernadette Hamweemba raided the civic centre as UPND Mayor Geoffrey Makwamba was facilitating handovers between the outgoing and incoming town clerks.
Riot police have been deployed at the civic centre following disturbances there.
The PF officials have been opposed to the transfer of incumbent town clerk Oliver Muuka.
Business came to standstill at the civic centre as the Mayor and other Council Officers hide in council offices to avoid being lynched by the mob of angry cadres.
The PF youths trooped to the civic centre at about 09.00 hours after word went round that Mr Mwiya had arrived for the third time in an attempt to take over office from current town clerk Oliver Muuka.