21 February 2013

Zambia: Sata Drops Lubinda From Cabinet

President Michael Sata has dropped foreign affairs minister Given Lubinda from Cabinet and notified Parliament of the development therefore relegating the Kabwata lawmaker to the backbench.

Parliament has today heard of the decision that Lubinda, who before this session of Parliament which resumed on Tuesday, was a regular front member by virtue of his Cabinet position would no longer occupy a place in that row.

In December, State House announced that Lubinda, who is facing disciplinary charges and on the verge of expulsion from the ruling Patriotic Front, was on annual leave and could therefore not go for the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His bitter rival Wynter Kabimba attended on his behalf.

Sources at State House have disclosed that Lubinda had been sidelined in the name of annual leave and notification to the Speaker of the National Assembly is confirmation he is on his way out.

The popular Kabwata MP is charged by the party of treachery and disloyalty for allegedly giving information to online media publications, the Daily Nation newspapare and opposition members of parliament.

Lubinda was found guilty by the party's disciplinary committee but the Central Committee is due to make the final decision although it is now clear he will not survive the battle.

The former United Party for National Development (UPND) and United Liberal Party (ULP) official was due to be expelled in January but the PF leadership is trying to frustrate Lubinda into resigning.

Lubinda was been left out of all party activities including the Livingstone by-elections where he was to be campaign manager. The real reason behind Lubinda's troubles is is popularity in the ruling PF.

Party Secretary General Wynter Kabimba found an opportunity using Office of the President intelligence reports to start the process of expelling him from the party.

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