Court stops GBM expulsion

KASAMA Central member of Parliament Geoffrey Mwamba has won an injunction restraining the Patriotic Front from expelling him.

Lusaka High Court Judge Nicola Sharpe-Phiri yesterday granted Mr Mwamba, popularly known as GBM, an interlocutory injunction pending the determination of the matter.

This is a matter in which Mr Mwamba had sued the PF secretary general restraining the party from expelling him from the ruling party.

Mr Mwamba who was Minister of Defence until December 2013 was allegedly expelled by the Northern Province PF executive committee pending confirmation of the ruling party’s central committee.

Following his resignation as Defence Minister after the differences he encountered with President Michael Sata over the newly enthroned Paramount Chief Chitimukulu, the ruling party in Northern Province decided to expel the Kasama legislature.

The PF provincial executive committee in Northern Province convened a disciplinary committee meeting without informing Mr Mwamba and recommended his expulsion from the ruling party.

Mr Mwamba argued that the purported charges for which he was allegedly suspended and eventually expelled from the party were never communicated to him and was not given the opportunity to be heard.

“I am of the view that Mr Mwamba would suffer a greater disadvantage if the injunction was not granted. Given all the facts in the matter, I find that this is a proper case to grant an injunction pending the determination of the main matter. The application for an injunction is therefore granted restraining the PF from expelling him from the party,” Judge Sharp-Phiri said.

Meanwhile, the Lusaka Magistrate yesterday rejected an application made by state prosecutor to adjourn the case in which the Kasama Central Member of Parliament was arrested for alleged assault.

The prosecution had applied to adjourn the case to December 9, this year.

When the matter came up for continued trial yesterday, the prosecution applied for an adjournment saying the complainant, Collins Mundai, was indisposed and could not make it to the court.

Magistrate Prince Mwiinga ruled that the case would commence today for continued trial. Mwamba is charged with one count of assault of Mr Mundai, who was operations manager at Arizona Marketing.

Magistrate Mwiinga warned that even if Mr Mundai did not come to court today, the case would proceed without him.

He said the complaint was not the only witness in the matter and that the state could start with other witnesses.