Dropped Foreign Affairs Minister, Given Lubinda has said he does not feel betrayed by President Michael Sata and the subsequent action to drop him from his ministerial post.
In a letter dated February 26, this year Mr Lubinda broke his silence on the matter saying at no time did he have an impression that President Sata had assured him that all was well regarding disciplinary cases.
The embattled Patriotic Front (PF) Kabwata Parliamentarian is facing disciplinary charges in the party for alleged treacherous conduct.
Mr Lubinda stands accused of collaborating with the opposition MMD and UPND and that he leaked vital party information to the Daily Nation newspaper, and the online publication, the Zambian Watchdog.
Mr Lubinda was recently dropped from his ministerial post and was replaced by his then deputy minister, Effron Lungu.
“Let me make it categorical that at no one time have I ever felt betrayed by President Sata and at no time whatsoever have I had any impression that he had assured me that all was well regarding my disciplinary issues,” Mr Lubinda said.
Additionally, Mr Lubinda said he was not shocked by what happened in Parliament when he occupied the back-bench after being dropped as Minister.
He has since threatened legal action against the Daily Nation for insinuating that he had been taken aback by Mr Sata’s decision to relieve him of his ministerial duties.
The tabloid newspaper quoted an anonymous close family friend to Mr Lubinda who they claimed had stated that Mr Lubinda was disappointed that despite the alleged assurances from Mr Sata, he was dropped as Minister.
This was in reference to an article that appeared in the newspaper on Monday this week under the headline, “Sata Betrays Lubinda,” which Mr Lubinda had distanced himself from and wrote to the newspaper, a letter which was availed to the Times, to retract the statement or face legal action.
“Nonetheless your publication of hearsay information from an unnamed third party concerning my feelings, reactions and expectations is very unfortunate and unacceptable because it attempts to create an impression that the so-called close family friend who is also a PF official is my spokesperson.
“You may wish to know that I was already on the back bench when the Speaker (Patrick Matibini) ruled on the point of order raised by Mr Kakoma MP (Zambezi West). It is therefore mischievous and totally uncalled for to create an impression that I was ambushed and that I had gone to Parliament without prior knowledge of where I was to sit,” the letter reads.
The letter was also copied to President Sata, Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Matibini, his lawyers Ellis and Company and to media houses.
Mr Lubinda’s disciplinary case is scheduled to be decided tomorrow by the party national executive committee.