PF suspends WP members over petition to oust Litunga

PF suspends WP members over petition to oust Litunga

By Elly Musonda

THE Patriotic Front has suspended two of its party members in Western Province over plans to dethrone the Litunga.

PF secretary general Davies Mwila warned that the party would not hesitate to discipline members who were part of manoeuvres aimed at undermining relations it had with the country’s traditional establishments.

“We regret to announce that we have directed our chairperson for Western Province Mr Charles Mututwa to immediately suspend two of our members who are part of a group in Western Province that has sued the Litunga in an effort to dethrone him. The reason we have made this decision is to avoid unwarranted suspicion and of course malicious propaganda that our party is supporting the action of trying to impeach the Litunga. We wish to reiterate the fact that our party respects traditional leaders and establishments and has a policy not to meddle in issues of chieftainship,” Mwila stated.

He asked party members to realise the important role traditional leaders play in national development.

“Moreover, our President His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu and the PF as a whole value the role that traditional leaders play in national building and development. Hence we can’t allow our members to be part of manoeuvres that undermine our policy on relations with traditional establishments,” he stated.

“Finally, we wish to state that we are studying the implications of the conduct of our two members for purposes of considering further disciplinary action against them.”

Nabiwa Imikendu, Charles Mutemwa, Mukubesa Ilukena and Mumbisho Liswaniso have petitioned the High Court in Mongu seeking an order to have the Litunga vacate the throne over 19 allegations of incompetence and fraud.

But the Barotse Royal Establishment, through Induna Imandi, said: “We have received this case with total surprise, very much surprised because when we look at the 19 issues they raised, there is not even a single one that has credibility, nothing, totally nothing.”