CHIPANGALI Member of Parliament, Vincent Mwale has said that his seat cannot be declared vacant despite having campaigned for Patriotic Front(PF)in the Malambo parliamentary by-election.
The Sports Minister told Breeze News monitored in Chipata on Wednesday that unlike former Kasama Member of Parliament, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba who joined UPND he remains an MMD member.
Mr Mwale explained that the constitution was clear that in such situations, a parliamentary seat could only be declared vacant by the speaker if an MP crosses the floor.
He said that by campaigning for the PF in the Malambo parliamentary by-election, he was merely supporting PF adding that the decision was sanctioned by MMD president Nevers Mumba.
Mr Mwale also pointed that people need to understand that Mr Mwamba had violated three constitutions over his decision to accept to become UPND Vice president for Administration.
These are the country’s constitution, the PF constitution and the UPND Party constitution.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Patrick Matibini on Tuesday declared the Kasama Central seat Vacant stating that by virtue of accepting the position of Vice President, Mr Mwamba had become an office bearer of the UPND and consequently had become a member of the party.