Our constitution demands that 7 days notice be given before any NEC meeting can be held. It has been established that no constitutional notice was given. As both President of the party and Chairman of the NEC, I neither called the purported meeting nor received notification of the same.
Many other NEC members were equally not informed, like the Vice-National Chairman, Mr. Edgar Keembe, the Chairman for Legal, Honourable Bradford Machila, the National Youth Chairman, Honourable Howard Kunda, the Chairman for Education, Prof. Geoffrey Lungwangwa and many others, including key provincial leaders.
The public may wish to know that the NEC comprises 66 members, but only a handful met to hold the purported NEC meeting.
Therefore, even before talking of whether NEC has power to suspend me or not, the fact that the meeting that purported to suspend me was illegal makes the suspension unconstitutional and as lawyers would say, it is null and void, ‘ab anitio’ that is, from the beginning.
Our members across the nation should also be assured that all party programmes, as planned, have continued under my leadership. We are confident that these illegalities will soon be curtailed in order to concentrate on the preparations for the up-coming by-election.
I thank you.