-The United Party for National Development (UPND) has advised the Speaker of the National Assembly to declare Sinazongwe parliamentary seat vacant.
The advice comes after the party’s decision to expel its Sinazongwe Member of Parliament Richwell Siamunene for alleged gross misconduct.
Speaking to ZANIS in a telephone interview this afternoon UPND Deputy Spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa said the statement issued by party Secretary General Winstone Chibwe, over the decision to expel Mr Siamunene who is currently serving in government as Deputy Minister for Commerce, Trade and Industry was arrived at after a party hearing which met today.
Mr Mweetwa said the UPND had taken note of the excuse by Mr Siamunene not to appear for the hearing suggesting that he was working out of town but added that this excuse came as an afterthought after alleging that the disciplinary hearing was going to talk about his gross misconduct.
He further said the possession of not attending the hearing was earlier communicated by Mr Siamunene himself through the media.
Mr Siamunene is one of the three members from opposition UPND who have agreed to work with the ruling party and serving as deputy minister.
Mr Siamunene was today scheduled to appear before the UPND disciplinary committee to exculpate himself on charges of his alleged misconduct but could not attend as he was attending to national duties on the Copperbelt.
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