Kabimba ‘verdict’ coming

Wynter Kabimba
THE Central Committee of the Patriotic Front (PF) chaired by President Michael Sata will meet to decide the fate of embattled secretary general Wynter Kabimba following mounting calls for his removal from the party.

PF national chairperson Inonge Wina has disclosed that Members of the Central Committee (MCC) were waiting for President Sata to return from New York where he had gone to attend the United Nations General Assembly.
Ms Wina said the MCC had received resolutions from PF provincial heads and that an emergency meeting would be called to deliberate on the matter.
Mr Kabimba, who is Justice Minister, has come under attack from party structures for allegedly causing divisions and bringing the party’s name into disrepute.
“The PF MCC are just waiting for the return of President Sata from New York. We shall wait for him to tell us when it is convenient so that the matter can be tabled where the resolutions by the 10 party provincial heads that unanimously endorsed the removal of Mr Kabimba will be heard,” she said.
She called for an end to further comments on the matter, saying the MCC would take it up and address it with the seriousness it deserved.
Ms Wina said the decision by the provincial heads to have Mr Kabimba removed from office for allegedly failing the party were serious and needed urgent MCC’s attention to put the matter to a stop and concentrate on developing the nation.
“Commenting on such a matter will further spark debates, so for now what I can say is that this matter will be tabled before MCC.
“The good thing is that the provincial heads have made a resolution; it is these resolutions or petitions which must be heard by the MCC,” she said.
Ms Wina, who is Nalolo Member of Parliament (MP) and Gender Minister, said she expected party officials to stop issuing statements on the matter until the MCC had sat and come up with resolutions.
Recently, party members in Lusaka and the Copperbelt have demonstrated, denouncing Mr Kabimba and calling on him to step down.
Mr Kabimba in response accused the PF of having a tribal clique bent on fighting him.
However, his tribal outbursts attracted sharp criticism from PF national youth chairperson, Chishimba Kambwili, who charged that Mr Kabimba, as secretary general, was wrong to accuse his own party of being tribal.
Mr Kambwili said Mr Kabimba should apologise and take charge of re-organising the ruling party.
PF Mandevu MP, Jean Kapata has also written to party deputy secretary general Bridget Atanga asking the Central Committee to take immediate disciplinary action against Mr Kabimba.