FORUM for Democracy and Development (FDD) members who have been opposing Ms Edith Nawakwi’s third term bid have now been expelled from the party a few weeks before a party convention is held.
And party National Chairman Potiphar Chungu has clarified that under the current FDD party constitution, Ms Nawakwi does not qualify to contest for a third term of office.
Mr Chungu, who is at the same time Standing Committee chairman, told a media briefing that his committee had recommended that the deputy National Secretary Mr Kelvin Simuyemba and chairperson for the Disabled Person Mr Bwalya Ng’andu be expelled with immediate effect.
Mr Simuyemba and Mr Ngandu were among the FDD officials who have strongly opposed Ms Nawakwi’s bid for a third term of office and have also accused her of scheming to amend the constitution in order to allow her stand for a third term ahead of next month’s party convention.
The duo’s suspension was referred to the Standing Committee for investigations and disciplinary action.
Mr Chungu said the Standing Committee yesterday concluded the investigations and recommended that both Mr Simuyemba and Mr Ngandu be expelled from the party.
When asked why they had been expelled, Mr Chungu said they had been engaging in activities that were inimical to the interests of the FDD.
The FDD Board of Trustees have since proposed to have the constitution amended and would this Saturday table the amendments before the National Policy Management (NPM) ahead of the national convention.
Mr Chungu confirmed that the Board of Trustees were currently working on amending the party constitution which would be made available to the public after a National Policy Management (NPM) meeting on Saturday.
In an interview with the Sunday Nation yesterday at the FDD campaign centre, Mr Chungu explained that under the current constitution Ms Nawakwi could not go for a third term of office.
“The 2001 constitution states that a president can only go for two terms and that clause still stands in the current constitution.
“I suspect that these people who are being cantankerous are taking advantage of this clause and they have been meeting people whom they believe are interested to take over from Ms Nawakwi including the vice-president Chifumu Banda,” Mr Chungu said.