Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda has broken his silence and spoken about his disciplinary case which led to
his suspension by refuting claims by party secretary general Wynter Kabimba that he was given a fair hearing.
Mr Lubinda said he was compelled to break the silence following Mr Kabimba’s comment in the press that he was given a fair hearing when he was charged unlike him who was allegedly being persecuted.
In a six paged letter also coped to Party President Michael Sata,National Chairperson, chairman of the disciplinary committee and deputy secretary general, Mr Lubinda has also demanded a clear judgement or ruling from Mr Kabimba arising from what he referred to as a civilized way of hearing a colleague, and has also demanded to know what the evidence that was relied upon in arriving at the conclusion of the trial panel.
“From the outset let me make it clear that my remaining silent ever since the start of the period when I was humiliated arising from your accusations has not been my weakness on my part. It should also not be construed to mean admission of guilt.
“My silence was motivated by the fact that it had come clear from the start of the whole episode that I was a victim of a well orchestrated scheme to hound me out of the party,” he said.
He said even if the many allegations against him including the letter Mr Kabimba wrote to him charging him were done through the media, he refused to respond through the press or any forum.
He said he did so in the interest of the party and did not want to fall into a trap to bring the party and its leadership into public odium and disrepute.
Mr Lubinda has since demanded for a clear judgment or ruling arising from what Mr Kabimba referred to as a civilized way.
He demanded to know the evidence that was relied upon in arriving at the conclusion and a clear sentence or sanction meted against him with all the terms and conditions.
Mr Lubinda has also demanded a clear statement of the recourse that is available to him in the event that he was not satisfied with the ruling or sanction.
He said the failure to make official communication to him on the matter had kept him in the dark on his status in the party.
Mr Lubinda said this had in turn made it difficult for him to participate in the activities of the party for which he invested a lot of effort, risks and personal resources to help build.
Mr Lubinda also charged that Mr Kabimba had made it difficult for him to contribute to the enhancement of the PF’s popularity and defend it from both internal and external adversaries.
Mr Lubinda said he looked forward to the communication from Mr Kabimba on the matters he had raised in the letter.
“Given Lubinda’s case went through the due process of the Party’s disciplinary procedure… I think he was given a fair hearing. So I think Given received the most civilized way of trying to tell somebody ’you are wrong’ Mr Kabimba was quoted in the press recently when complaining on what was happening to him.