‘FDD should be cited for contempt’


IT IS contemptuous for the Forum for Democracy and Development to have gone ahead with its national policy meeting to expel dissenting members after a court injunction restraining the party from meeting, Bwalya Ng’andu has charged. Mr Ng’andu said the faction opposed to Edith Nawakwi’s bid for a third term had a sworn affidavit of service of the High Court injunction restraining the FDD from making any amendments to the constitution for the purpose of extending Ms Nawakwi’s presidency in the party.   But FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said the party has since expelled the faction for gross indiscipline. Mr Ng’andu said his team was surprised that the FDD had gone ahead with a meeting to announce amendments to the constitution to allow Ms Nawakwi to go for a third term when there was a court order barring the meeting. He said he had a sworn affidavit of service on the national secretary, Nathan Kabwita Mulonga at the party secretariat, and wondered how they could claim to have not been served. “These people are playing cat and mouse games because the injunction was already served on the national secretary at the official party secretariat which address was still enlisted on the Registrar of Societies. And I even spoke to the national secretary (Mr Mulonga) which information could easily be obtained from Airtel as confirmation of a conversation,” Mr Ng’andu said. On Saturday, the FDD held an extraordinary meeting where they proposed an amendment to its constitution to allow party president, Ms Nawakwi to contest a third term of office. But the FDD spokesperson said the impromptu meeting on Saturday had since upheld the expulsion of some of its members of the party, including Mr Ng’andu and the deputy national secretary Kaluba Simuyembe respectively. Mr Mwanza argued that FDD had not been served with the purported court injunction claimed to have been obtained by the suspended individuals who have continued to oppose the party position over the presidential tenure of office. Several party members have been suspended with others expelled over their alleged opposition to the third term bid by Ms Nawakwi despite having served two five-year consecutive terms from the 2005 convention.