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Crisis brews in PF, as Sampa faults appointment of interim officers, seeks legal action


Patriotic Front (PF) presidential hopeful, Miles Sampa, has described the appointments of Raphael Nakacinda as Party Secretary General (SG) and others as illegal.

On Monday, party vice president, Given Lubinda, announced the appointment of Nakacinda as Party Secretary General, Emmanuel Mwamba as Chairperson for Information and Publicity among other appointments.

Reacting to the appointments in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday evening, the Matero PF Member of Parliament, however, argued that these appointments were illegal in the sense that the appointing authority was not elected at the extra ordinary convention.

He said Lubinda and those purporting to be acting in various positions have no powers to make any appointments unless the elected president who appoints the Secretary General and others.

“It is sad that the holding of the convention keeps dragging despite the call for nominations having been called and I was one of those who paid the nomination fees,” Sampa said.

He said it was unfortunate that Lubinda and others were trying to bend the law which stipulates that the party must go to the convention to elect the president once the incumbent resigns, like the case of Edgar Lungu who later appointed the Secretary General.

Sampa said the case of Lubinda and Nakacinda and others acting in such positions was still before the courts of law and this action might be cited as contempt of court.

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“I took to court and sued Lubinda, Nakacinda and Kawambwa Member of Parliament Nickson Chilangwa who was acting as Secretary General but before the matter to question if they were bona-fide to act in such positions could take off, they became defiant, the Judge gave me an injunction and I just need to check it with my lawyers,” he said.

Sampa has called on members to demand for the hosting of the convention in order to correct the mistakes which were being made after the convention so the party can be set on the right path once again.

He added that he was looking for 1 million petitioners to sign a petition paper for the convention to be held without fail and this was going to happen with or without Lubinda and others.

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