MUSLIM youths on the Copperbelt have asked the government to remove Suzgo Zimba and his executive from the leadership of the Islamic Supreme Council of Zambia (ISCZ). The youths say besides Zimba embarrassing Zambian Muslims through his conduct and alarming media statements, his executive has also breached the council’s constitution by overstaying in office. In a letter dated June 17, 2019 to the Register of Societies, Copperbelt Muslim Youth (CMY) chairman Ricky Kamboyi stated that his organisation was dismayed in the manner Zimba had presided over the affairs of ISCZ in the last nine years.
Kamboyi stated that the current executive had held office against the constitutional requirement of tenure of office. The youth leader expressed disappointment that Zimba had been making unsubstantiated media statements about tax evasion and other issues of national interest.
“As a leader of the wider Muslim community, we expect more responsible conduct with regards to issuance of statements that affect national integrity,” Kamboyi stated.
He stated that since the government had resolved to curb corruption, any person with information about any corrupt conduct must inform relevant authorities. He stated that CMY was not aware of any report made by Zimba or ISCZ concerning allegations on matters of corrupt activities by businessmen and women or entities he threatened to expose in his recent media statements.
“We further wish to register our deepest disappointment with passive nature exhibited by the entire ISCZ executive which we believe has gone to sleep over the many irregularities in the management of ISCZ. The current executive has overstayed for over four years in office against the constitutional requirement of five years for each term,” Kamboyi stated.
In reference to Zimba’s recent arrest and subsequent charging by police, Kamboyi said his uncanny conduct had landed the ISCZ boss in legal trouble.
“Based on the foregone and many other issues against the ISCZ president and his executive, we see it morally incorrect for Mr Suzgo Zimba and his executive to continue leading the Muslims of Zambia and hence our call for impeachment of the entire ISCZ in accordance with Article 21 (i) and (v) of ISCZ constitution. It is worthy to note that Article 7(D) (b) gives no room for delaying the election beyond the five-year mandate of the ISCZ executive,” Kamboyi stated.
Further, Kamboyi argued that the Zimba-led executive had grossly abrogated the constitution it was supposed to uphold and that in itself warranted its impeachment.
“We are kindly requesting the (the Chief Registrar of Societies) office, Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and the Muslim community to take interest in ensuring that next ISCZ elections are conducted in accordance with ISCZ constitution,” Kamboyi requested.
He demanded that Muslims from all districts in Zambia should be equally represented in ISCZ elections and be given ample time to prepare.
“We have information that ISCZ intends to hold elections from 29th to 30th June, 2019 and yet there has not been any formal communication to the Muslims countrywide. CMY hereby volunteers to Registrar of Societies, ECZ and the Muslim community of Zambia to help manage the next elections and ensure elections are held in a free and fair manner in order to safeguard the constitutional rights of all Muslims in Zambia,” Kamboyi stated.
He stated that Zimba’s executive had done its part in bettering the welfare of Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Zambia but time had come for them to leave.
“We are hopeful that they will take this matter seriously and help in the transition process,” stated Kamboyi.
The letter has also been copied to Ministry of Religious Affairs and National Giudance, Ministry of Home Affairs, Electoral Commission of Zambia and the media.