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PF power game: Chilangwa asks court to dismiss committal proceedings


Acting Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary General, Nickson Chilangwa, has argued in court that he was never served with injunction restraining him and three other PF officials from parading themselves as officials of the party.

Chilangwa contends that he became aware of the said injunction granted to PF presidential aspirant Miles Sampa by the High Court through social media.

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This is a matter in which Mr Sampa has commenced contempt of court proceedings against Chilangwa, Acting Party president, Given Lubinda, Information and Publicity Secretary, Rapheal Nakacinda and National Chairperson, Davies Chama.

On February 9, this year, Lusaka High Court Judge Timothy Katenekwa granted Sampa an ex-parte order restraining the four from suspending or expelling him.

Sampa’s contention was that the alleged contemnors must not hold on to their positions as former President Edgar Lungu who appointed them resigned as PF President.

Lubinda had announced that the Matero Constituency law maker was barred from attending or participating in any party functions including meetings that shall be called by his fellow Members of Parliament.

Sampa, therefore, commenced contempt of court proceedings against the four for allegedly masquerading as PF leaders.

But according to an affidavit in support of notice of motion to dismiss/set aside leave and committal proceedings filed in the High Court, Chilangwa stated that the address on the court document which Sampa was purporting to be for the contemnors, is for the party secretariat and not their residential addresses.

He argued that the said documents did not give description of each alleged contemnors.

“That I am the other alleged contemnors therein have never been personally served with any injunction relating to this matter and I only learnt about the injunction by the plaintiff through social media,”

“That I am advised by my advocates and verily believe the same to be true that the court cannot entertain and later on be moved on the committal proceedings currently filed in this matter owing to the irregularity state in the attendant summons,” he said.

Chilangwa urged the court to dismiss the committal proceedings for being incompetent.

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