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UPND suspends Kafue council chairman for attending Lungu’s Keep Zambia Clean event

(By Oswald Sichone in Kafue)

THE UPND in Kafue has suspended its Kafue council chairman Thomas Zulu for conduct likely to bring the name of the party in contempt, ridiculed and disrepute after he attended the Keep Zambia Clean and Health even graced by President Edgar Lungu. UPND Kafue Constituency chairman Albert Hadunka confirmed the suspension of Zulu but declined to give further details as Zulu’s suspension was done by the UPND district committee.

 

Impeccable sources within UPND in Kafue revealed that the party was very upset with Zulu for attending President Lungu’s cleaning exercise in Kafue a fortnight ago where he allegedly openly declared to support and work with the Head of State.

 

“The matter in which the council chairman, Hon. Thomas Zulu, was found wanting was heard on Monday 29th October 2018 by a joint District / Constituency Executive Committee. The following were the reactions from the Council Chairman:

  1. That he was very sorry for his behaviour and the embarrassment he caused to the party president and the party as a whole.
  2. He is very remorseful for what he did and asked for forgiveness.
  3. He does not work with the PF and not even President Lungu.
  4. He is very loyal to the UPND party and it’s top leadership.
  5. He does not know President Lungu either in a personal capacity or as a political ally,” according to the source.

“The committee after considering all the merits and demerits of the case ruled as follows:

  1. The Council Chairman must make a public apology immediately through the electronic and print media to retract his embarrassing behaviour.
  2. The Council Chairman must apologise in writing to the party president for the embarrassment caused to the party president.
  3. Both apologies in 1 and 2 above should be done in 48 hours time failure to which the party will mete out stiffer punishment including suspension from the party and duties as a civic leader.”

 

The committee also appealed to the UPND national leadership to guide in meting further punishment which might include expulsion from the party.

 

“The top party leadership will guide us on further action due to the other implications that may include even expulsion from the party,” the source added

 

And in a letter dated October 27, 2018 addressed to Zulu and signed by Clifford E. Mwaba, the UPND district chairman, Zulu had been suspended from performing party functions for a period of three months.

 

” In order to maintain discipline in the party and more to protect the good name of the party, the district committee has ruled that: you be suspended from your party for a period of three months with immediate effect. During this period of the suspension, you should not carry out a function on behalf of the party,” reads the letter in part.

When contacted for a comment, both Mwaba and secretary Meddy Muleya declined to comment and referred all queries to Zulu, who expressed ignorance saying he has not been served the suspension letter. He expressed disappointment over the way the district chairman was handling the issue of his suspension.

 

“I’m not aware that my party has suspended me. I’m very disappointed that the chairman has allowed a very confidential and private letter to be leaked to the media. I have written two letters to the provincial executive committee and none of them has leaked,” Zulu said.

Zulu charged that he was never given chance to exculpate himself adding that the meeting held on  October 29, 2018 was not a case hearing but a discussion meant to harmonise working relations with his party.

 

“I’m a member of the UPND provincial committee and I cannot be suspended by a lower organ. The disciplinary committee never sat to look at my issue,” said Zulu.

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