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PF internal wrangles deepen, as Sampa-led faction moves to expel 9 members of parliament


The Miles Sampa-led Patriotic Front (PF) party has expelled Nine Members of Parliament (MP) for gross misconduct.

Party Secretary-General, Morgan Ng’ona, had written to the 10 Members of Parliament on December, 2, 2023 to explain why they should not be punished for attending an alleged illegal meeting unknown to the party leadership.

In the letters dated December, 6, 2023, Ng’ona stated that it had been four days and he had not received any communication from the 10 MPs.

“Individual and collective discipline is paramount and at the core of our party values. Your behavior abrogated Article 29 sub sections (c) (d) (h) (i) (J) (P) of our party constitution,” reads the letters.

Ng’ona in the letters stated that considering the gravity of the offences committed and the MPs lack of being remorseful, the party had no option but to expel them with immediate effect.

“You are further directed to surrender all party properties and documents that are in your possession and cease henceforth to participate in all Patriotic Front programmes,” he said.

But the Edgar Lungu-led faction said the expulsion letters were illegal, a nullity and should be ignored.

Party Spokesperson, Emmanuel Mwamba, noted that there were active matters in the Lusaka High Court and Lusaka Magistrate Court.

Mwamba said the actions being carried out with impunity by the Sampa-led faction violated the sanctity and integrity of the courts of law.

“We have noted the purported letters of disciplinary action that were issued by a Mr. Morgan Ngona against certain Patriotic Front members of parliament,” he stated.

Mwamba advised that Sampa’s letters and action should be treated as part of a case of typical forgery which the party had repeatedly complained about to the Police and the courts of law.

He insisted that the party had demonstrated that Sampa or his appointed officials had no authority, mandate, or powers to suspend or expel anyone in the PF.

“Further he has no mandate to carry out political activities in the name of the Patriotic Front,” Mwamba added.

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He argued that Sampa was a suspended official at the time he held an illegal conference, a further aggravated action that earned him an expulsion from the PF.

Mwamba said the action was illegal, and therefore, all subsequent actions Sampa and his so-called Secretary-General, were engaged in, remain a nullity, and should be treated so.

The affected ones include Mporokoso Member of Parliament, Brian Mundubile, Shiwang’andu MP, Stephen Kampyongo, Luntes’ Mutotwe Kafwaya, Pambashe’ Ronald Chitotela and Kawambwa MP, Nickson Chilangwa.

Others are Remember Mutale for Chitambo, Musonda Mpankata for Lupososhi, Christopher Kangombe for Kamfinsa and Chilubi MP, Mulenga Fube.

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