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Lungu-led PF faction leads more legal assault against Sampa, seeks declaration of his presidency as illegal


Simeza Sangwa Advocates have filed a legal suit at the Lusaka High Court against Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa.

The petitioners want the Court to declare as illegal, null and void the appointment of Sampa as Patriotic Front (PF) President.

In a Petition filed at the Lusaka High Court on behalf of seven PF Presidential candidates, the lawyers have also requested the Chief Justice to exercise the powers vested in him by Article 135 of the Republican Constitution to constitute a high court of atleast 3 judges to hear and determine the matter.

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

The petitioners also sued Miles Sampa who convened an illegal gathering and Morgan Ngona, who he later appointed as Secretary-General of the Party.

The seven petitioners have submitted that the court declares 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.

The lawyer stated that by doing so, Sampa breached the PF party regulations, party constitution and the Republican Constitution.

“Further, Sampa was a suspended member of the Party and had no powers to convene or participate in any such party activity,” they stated.

It argued that recognized delegates for the extra ordinary conference constitute elected members of Parliament belonging to the party, mayors, council chairpersons, members of the central committee, provincial and district officials of the Party.

The petitioners, therefore, submitted that none of those prescribed to be delegates to the general conference attended or formed quorum to transact business of the general conference to elect a party president.

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“The subsequent changes made on the composition of Office Bearers at the Registrar of Societies were, therefore, illegal,” they said.

They requested the Court to declare the Conference a total nullity.

The petitioners also submitted that the power to elect the President of the PF Party was vested in the General Conference or Extra-Ordinary Conference as established by Article 46 of the Constitution, which is the supreme policy-making organ of the Party.

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