Sampa, Atanga face contempt

PATRIOTIC Front (PF) lawyers are today expected to commence contempt proceedings against Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa, who is purported to have won election at a parallel general conference even after a court order to stop the meeting.

Others facing contempt charges include dismissed PF secretary general Bridget Atanga, her former deputy Anthony Kasolo, Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe who was appointed PF national chairperson and Mr Germano Kaulung’ombe, who was the presiding officer during the election of Mr Sampa.

On Monday, PF president Edgar Lungu who was elected on Sunday fired Mrs Atanga and Mr Kasolo. He instead appointed Mr Davis Chama in place of Mrs Atanga. Mr Lungu also suspended PF chairperson for elections Sylvia Masebo.

And the Lusaka High Court adjourned the inter-parte hearing between two factions of the governing party – the Patriotic Front (PF) – which was set for yesterday to Friday this week to allow PF national chairperson Inonge Wina to file an affidavit of service.

High Court Judge Mungeni Mulenga granted the adjournment after Mrs Wina applied for it through her lawyer, a Mr S. Lukangala.

Mrs Wina stated that the hearing should be adjourned to Friday to enable her to file an affidavit of service. This is in the matter where Mrs Wina was granted an interim injunction restraining dismissed Mrs Atanga as PF secretary general then from convening a general conference and electing a party president. Mrs Justice Mulenga had also set yesterday as the date for an inter-parte hearing.

Mrs Wina said the adjournment would allow her team to relook at the whole matter following events that have happened after the interim injunction was granted. She said two days would be enough.

“We were not able to file the affidavit of service on time, that being the case our appeal is that the matter be adjourned to enable us file the affidavit of service today (yesterday) and to allow us to relook at the whole matter considering that some events have taken place after the granting of the ex parte injunction,” she said.