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PF presidential candidate, Miles Sampa, tackles party’s central committee over ‘illegal meeting’


Patriotic Front (PF) presidential hopeful, Miles Sampa, says the party central committee meeting, which was held on Saturday morning is illegal.

Reacting to the Central Committee, which was held on Saturday in a statement issued in Lusaka, Sampa said the meeting is illegal because the PF President Edgar Lungu, Secretary General (SG) Davies Mwila and Chairman Samuel Mukupa all resigned about two years ago.

He said according to the PF constitution only the SG can call a central committee meeting and even from precedent maybe the party President or Chairman can call and chair a central committee meeting.

“Vices or deputies to these three top office bearers only come in operation once given instructions by the substantive office bearers. So, if they resigned two years ago, when have they given their vices or deputies to call and chair this meeting today?,” Sampa questioned.

He said in this social and not official meeting on Saturday, they can appoint or re-appoint themselves onto as many positions as they wish but they are of no material relevance and illegal according to the PF constitution.

Sampa said this meeting conveners and attendees also border on active contempt of court case and will consult his lawyers on possibility of adding other names to the list awaiting adjudicating by the Judge.

“The over K200,000 that will be spent on the sumptuous lunch today and other logistics for the few gathered is a waste of party resources. The funds could have best been until used sent to the grassroot structures in the 10 provinces that have long been ignored since we lost the general elections in 2021,” he said.

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Sampa said in the circumstances the party finds itself in, the only next legal gathering for the PF is the extra ordinary general conference that will elect a substantive party President and 25 central committee members.

He said the party’s immediate focus should be to seek leniency with the Minister of Home Affairs so he does not de-register PF due to negligence of delaying for two years the holding of elections to choose new office bearers.

“The General Conference is hereby demanded to take place now and no further illegal meetings or social gatherings. Enough of delaying tactics or excuses from nine months when we paid and receipted K200,000 nomination fees,” Sampa said.

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