24 December 2012

Zambia: Don't Block Lubinda - Kabimba

PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Wynter Kabimba has cautioned party members against taking the law into their own hands in the matter involving embattled Foreign Affairs Minister Given Lubinda.

The comments come in the wake of threats by some party members to block Mr Lubinda from entering his office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters today.

Mr Kabimba who is Justice Minister, said that a disciplinary committee had already been engaged to look into Mr Lubinda's case and that there was no need for any party member to translate the law in the manner they deemed fit.

"I am appealing to all party members not to take the law into their own hands. Locking is not advisable, we are a party of laws and believe in the process of natural justice and that any person must be given an opportunity to exculpate themselves," Mr Kabimba said.

Kabwata Constituency chairperson David Silubanji has since advised members not to gather at Mr Lubinda's office.

He urged party members to allow the disciplinary committee to finish its work before a decision could be made on the fate of the embattled Kabwata Member of Parliament.

Mr Lubinda is under disciplinary spotlight over allegations of treachery.

He is accused of working in collaboration with the opposition MMD and the United Party for National Development.

Mr Lubinda has since responded to the charges and the response was currently being scrutinised.

At the weekend, Lusaka City Council councillors led by Major Sydney Chisenga were the latest group to call for action against Mr Lubinda.

A petition was submitted to Mr Kabimba to intervene in the alleged misconduct of the Kabwata MP who they accused of causing division in the council.

Recently, PF Kabwata Constituency led by Chairperson Mr Silubanji presented a petition demanding the immediate removal of Mr Lubinda as their representative.

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