The ruling Patriotic Front has said the matter where the party’s Lusaka Province committee is seeking the expulsion of lawyer Kelvin Fube and member Julius Komaki for causing confusion has been referred to the Central Committee.
The Central Committee is due to deliberate on the matter this Saturday and decide on what action to take following a recommendation by the provincial committee that the duo be expelled, according to party secretary general Davies Mwila.
The Provincial Committee had on May 2 recommended the expulsion of KBF from the party on the grounds that he is undermining the office of the President with impunity and that he is causing confusion and instability in the rank and file of the party.
And on the same day, the Provincial Committee received petitions to have Komaki expelled on the basis that he is trying to usurp the Presidential powers of appointing the Secretary General and that he is equally causing instability within the party.
Addressing the press this afternoon, provincial chairperson Paul Moonga said the party structures felt that KBF and Komaki’s behavior was against the ruling party’s disciplinary code of conduct.
He said the duo acted in a manner that is likely to bring the name of the party into public ridicule, contempt and disrepute.
“One Fube Bwalya has been demanding for a handover of power from the Head of State, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu and this Julius Komaki gave an ultimatum of 48 hours for the Secretary General who is an appointee of the President to vacate his Office. Believing in the rules of natural justice, we did write to both Komaki and Fube on 3rd May asking them to put in writing within 7 days reasons as to why disciplinary measures should not be taken against them. We further requested them to appear before the Lusaka Provincial Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday 8 May and Thursday, 9 May respectively so that they can exonerate themselves against the charges levelled against them but to no avail,” Moonga said.
The two have also been slapped with another charge of insubordination.
“The Provincial Committee has therefore unanimously resolved that article 19 of the party’s constitution which provides for expulsion from the party depending on the seriousness of the offence committed be upheld and both Fube and Komaki be expelled by the Central Committee,” said Moonga.
And Mwila said no party member was immune to discipline.
“…the party is bigger than individuals. No one is too special as to escape discipline. Anyone who is going against the rules and regulations of the party, the party and its constitution will deal with such individuals. The Central Committee will make a decision in the interest of the party,” said Mwila.