Lawyers abandon PF petitioners, allege breach in terms of agreement


Simeza, Sangwa and Associates have ceased from representing the seven PF candidates challenging the election of Miles Sampa as party president before the Lusaka High Court.

John Sangwa, SC, a partner in the law firm, said this was because the Petitioners have breached the terms of engagement.

Sangwa had been in conduct of the matter commenced in November, 2023.

The petitioners are Mutotwe Kafwaya, Emmanuel Mwamba, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, Chishimba Kambwili, Greyford Monde, Chitalu Chilufya and Brian Mundubile.

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The petitioners sued Sampa who convened an illegal gathering and Morgan Ng’ona, who he later appointed as Secretary-General of the Party.

Sangwa, however, filed a notice of withdrawal on Monday stating that he would not continue to act on behalf of the seven.

He state that according to the engagement terms and condition, it was agreed that the firm would be dealing with Kafwaya as a representative of the petitioners.

Sangwa, however, said the Petitioners had not lived to the said terms, thereby making it difficult for the firm to continue to extend its services to them.

“The firm’s representations to the Petitioners for them to adhere to the terms of engagement have not yield any positive result. Similarly, the request to them to rengage another law firm to replace us has gone unanswered,” he said.

Sangwa, therefore, applied for an order of the court declaring that Simeza, Sangwa and Associates had ceased to act as the advocates for the Petitioners in the matter.

The seven petitioners seek a declaration that the Extra-Ordinary General conference held on October 24th 2023, illegal and the appointments and actions of Morgan Ngona null and void.

They claimed that on October, 24, 2023, Sampa and others held an illegal Conference purporting it to be an Extra-Ordinary General Conference of the PF.

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