Wednesday, December 19, 2012

(LUSAKATIMES) Petition demanding the immediate removal of Given Lubinda as Kabwata MP filed

Petition demanding the immediate removal of Given Lubinda as Kabwata MP filed
TIME PUBLISHED - Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 8:12 am

The Patriotic Front (PF) Kabwata Constituency has filed a petition demanding the immediate removal of area Member of Parliament Given Lubinda as their representative.

In a petition handed over to PF Lusaka District chairperson, Goodson Banda, in Lusaka yesterday, Kabwata Constituency chairperson David Silubanji denounced Mr Lubinda accusing him of failing the Constituency.

The embattled Foreign Affairs Minister faces disciplinary action for alleged treachery after PF Secretary General and Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba gave him a seven-day ultimatum to exculpate himself which had since elapsed.

“We have decided to recall and withdraw our support from Hon. Given Lubinda to be our MP following reasons that require further investigation so that ultimately power remains with people and allegiance of members to the party and not a dishonest individual,” Mr Silubanji said.

Mr Silubanji accused Mr Lubinda of not visiting his Constituency to perform and participate in party activities since being re-elected as MP last year.

He alleged that Mr Lubinda had not been helpful to the party on empowerment in areas such as job creation projects and skills training.

His also disclosed that Mr Lubinda had withdrawn financial support to the operations and management of the Constituency.

Other reasons cited, were Mr Lubinda’s alleged involvement in manipulating the election of district officials and influencing ward councilors not to respect and work with the party.

“His continued dark corner friendship with UPND, MMD, other individuals and groupings that threatens the confidentiality of our privileges as members of the PF and his decision to include relatives and friends who are not PF officials to go for training abroad at the expense of our members who fought for the 2011 election victory,” he added.

Mr Silubanji further accused Mr Lubinda of selfishness in the manner he acquiring a piece of land and that the plot had now expanded and was encroaching on land reserved for roads.

He said Mr Lubinda had no formal relationship with PF structures and organs and had refused to attend constituency meetings.

“We ask for divorce to be granted and thank you for listening to us,” Mr Silubanji said.

The petition was also expected to reach President Michael Sata, Mr Kabimba and the central committee.

And receiving the petition, Mr Banda promised to forward the petition through the laid down structures of the PF.

“This should be a lesson to all the MPs that they should be visiting their Constituencies. I will take the petition through the laid-down procedure so that it is heard,” Mr Banda said.

Mr Lubinda is accused of leaking vital PF information to online publications as well as collaboration with the troubled opposition MMD and United Party for National Development (UPND).

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