Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

24 January 2013

Zambia: Lubinda Remains Unshaken

Foreign Affairs minister Given Lubinda says he is not moved by the PF Central Committee's decision to keep him in the dark over his party membership.

This followed the party Central Committee's decision to develop cold feet over his pending expulsion from the party on allegations of treachery and disloyalty. The decision on his fate has been deferred to February 23.

The party was scheduled to announce the Kabwata Member of Parliament fate on Sunday but the chairperson of the Central Committee, President Michael Sata abandoned the matter and fled to watch the African Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The matter was re-scheduled to Wednesday but it has again been pushed to next month.

Party acting secretary general Bridget Atanga said the party's supreme body failed to discuss Lubinda matter because of lack of time.

"The issue of Given Lubinda was scheduled for today but we couldn't look at this case because of the adoptions. We had a lot of people that had applied and so we decided to postpone it until the next Central Committee meeting which is 23rd February. There is really nothing else and nobody should cheat that it is because of this or that," Atanga said.

But Lubinda has said the postponement has not affected him in any way.

However, the party has suspended former Lusaka chairperson Davis Chama and former Eastern Province chairman Lucas Phiri together with five others for six months. Atanga said the suspended officials will remain ordinary members of the party after serving their punishment

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