THE PF in Nchelenge District in Luapula Province has expelled the Council Chairperson Gillain Kombe from the party with immediate effect for alleged betrayal and breach of confidence.
Mr. Kombe who is Mofwe ward councillor has been expelled together with the duo of Councillor Alex Mubanga and Philemon Kambele of Kabuta and Mulwe ward respectively.
ZANIS reports from Nchelenge District that the Council Vice Chairperson for Nchelenge Kasenge Kafimbwa confirmed the development in a telephone interview, yesterday.
Mr. Kafimbwa said the District Disciplinary Committee resolved to expel the trio from the party with immediate effect.
The meeting that was held at the Fisheries Training Centre (FTC) on Tuesday was chaired by the PF District interim Chairperson Derrick Kabulile Mwelwa .
The meeting also resolved to suspend Kilwa ward councillor Godfrey Monta, Able Kaunda of Mwatishi ward and Katofyo ward councillor Charles Chama.
Mr. Kafimbwa who is Nchelenge ward councillor accused the affected members of the council of betrayal and breach of confidence to the ruling PF.
He alleged that Mr. Kombe together with his colleagues received a bribe from the Council Secretary (CS) Mabvuto Masiye prior to the hearing of his petition on Thursday last week to ensure he continues at the helm of the local authority.
He also said that the decision of the disciplinary committee is final and that the dissident councilors will start receiving their letters communicating their fate today.
The PF District Executive in Nchelenge petitioned the Local Government and Housing Minister Emerine Kabanshi last year to transfer the CS for allegedly refusing to fight poverty in the area among issues.
However, the motion was defeated via a seven to five votes during the heated full council meeting held at the civic centre on Thursday last week that was convened to decide Mr. Masiye’s fate.
The master minders of the petition, the interim PF District Chairperson Derrick Mwelwa Kabulile and Kashikishi ward councillor Adamson Chikonde conspicuously missed the caucus despite being served with the notice.
Meanwhile the PF Provincial party leadership in Luapula Province has called for a stop to the intraparty fighting in Nchelenge.
Luapula Province PF chairperson Nickson Chilangwa said calm must prevail among the rank and file members in the ruling party.
Commenting on the brewing intraparty fighting in the ruling PF, Mr. Chilangwa said he is aware of the acrimony especially among the rank membership in Nchelenge but was quick to say all the contentious issues will be dealt with next.
Mr. Chilangwa who is Kawambwa Central Member of Parliament (MP) was speaking in a telephone interview with ZANIS in Nchelenge yesterday.
He disclosed that there is a circular from the party’s top leadership providing direction on how to proceed and deal with all pending disciplinary issues.
He said his committee will next month reach out to all the ten districts in the province for the party organisation during which other pertinent issues such as pending disciplinary matters will be tabled.
Mr. Chilangwa said for the growth of the party and development all the aggrieved members of the PF must maintain their cool and stop the infighting immediately.
He observed that the infighting within the ruling party has the potential to negate the economic gains that the PF government has posted so far.
He refuted claims that have been orchestrated by some suspended rank officials of the PF in Nchelenge that the PF secretariat has re-instated all its suspended members.
“The status quo is that no one has been re-instated so far and added that all disciplinary issues will be diligently dealt with by the PF provincial executive committee next month,” he said.
Mr. Chilangwa further said the party members must exercise some patience because the leadership is doing everything to resolve the intraparty squabbles and that soon it will embark on the reconciliation and harmony building mission.