Power and Politics

High Court dismisses PF faction’s petition challenging Miles Sampa’s leadership


In a significant blow to the factional leaders of the Patriotic Front (PF), the Lusaka High Court has dismissed a petition challenging the legality of Miles Sampa’s presidency and the changes made to the party’s office bearers.

The seven petitioners, including Mutotwe Kafwaya, Emmanuel Mwamba, Chishimba Kambwili, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, Chitalu Chilufya, Brian Mundubile, and Greyford Monde, had alleged that their rights were violated and questioned the legitimacy of the October 24, 2023, Extra-Ordinary General Conference.

The petitioners sought a declaration that the conference was illegal and that the appointments and actions of Secretary-General Morgan Ng’ona were null and void.

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They argued that Sampa and others had breached the party’s regulations, constitution, and the Republican Constitution by holding an illegal conference.

However, High Court Judge Vincent Siloka dismissed the matter, citing multiplicity of actions.

The petitioners had also filed a similar case in the Constitutional Court, seeking the same relief.

Judge Siloka ruled that the matter before the High Court could not proceed, as the petitioners were seeking the same relief in both courts.

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