Patriotic Front cadres yesterday turned the Lusaka Magistrates’ Courts grounds into a political arena with their sustained crusade to have their secretary general Wynter Kabimba expelled from the ruling party for allegedly working with Post Newspapers owner Fred M’membe to hound out President Michael Sata from the party’s presidency before 2016.
And former Lusaka Mayor Robert Chikwelete has called for the dissolution of the party’s district and provincial executive committees alleging that the provincial leadership in the two executives were stooges of Kabimba.
The cadres who arrived at the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court in several bus-loads chanted anti-Kabimba slogans and vowed that they would not rest until President Sata and the party’s central committee expelled Kabimba from the ruling party.
The cadres, who were at the Magistrates’ Court to offer solidity to their friends who were appearing in court on eight counts of assault and malicious damage to public property, chanted that Kabimba who is the minister of justice had become a danger to President Sata and the ruling party.
Three PF cadres, Innocent Kalimashi of Chawama, Farai Zulu and Victor Kalichi both of Kanyama were arrested after the President Sata endorsement campaign turned bloody at Northmead Basic School two weeks ago leaving four party officials hospitalized at the Levy Mwanawasa Hospital.
The trio took plea yesterday before Magistrate Irene Wishimanga and pleaded not guilty to all accounts.
The slogan-chanting cadres shocked most of the onlookers and bystanders at the Magistrates’ Court when they denounced Kabimba over the multiple portfolios he holds.
The cadres have also accused some Copperbelt PF officials such as Menyani Zulu and Chanda Kabwe, Lusaka’s Kennedy Kamba, Goodson Lungu and Geoffrey Chumbwe of working with Kabimba in their alleged schemes to take over from President Sata.
On Sunday, the PF cadres besieged the entrance of the Cathedral of Child Jesus threatening to physically deal with the justice minister in the presence of the President because the Head of State was taking too long to take action against Kabimba.“Whether Kabimba likes it or not, he is going and let him and his friend Fred M’membe go and form their own party if they believe they have become popular. The PF is in government today because of President Sata and the cadres and we cannot watch these two destroy the party we suffered so much to build and market. We shall not rest until Kabimba is out of the party because there is a danger of us losing power if Kabimba continues to remain in the party,” one of the youths said.The cadres accused Kabimba of having given influential government positions to most of his relatives alleging that the justice minister had ensured that his relatives were in most of the parastatal organisations and government institutions.They said Kabimba was the biggest beneficiary of what the youths had sweated for in the campaign for the PF and that President Sata should now start considering empowering the youths because his campaign messages were based on the creation of employment for the unemployed young Zambians.The cadres claimed that Kabimba was working hard to attract United Party for National Development members of parliament so that they could defect and join the ruling party where he has promised them ministerial jobs as he claimed he was the appointing authority.