Friday, December 19, 2014

Zambia: Court stops expulsion of acting president

THE Ndola High Court has granted acting President Guy Scott an injunction restraining the Patriotic Front (PF) from suspending or expelling him from the party as doing so will result in contempt of court.

An order of ex parte injunction granted to Dr Scott through his lawyer Ivan Mulenga states that PF secretary general Davis Chama is restrained from removing the acting President from his position as party Vice-President.

High Court Judge Anessi Bobo said the PF has been stopped from taking any actions that are adverse to Dr Scott’s position as party Vice-President and a member of the party.

She also directed the PF to withdraw the letter of removal of Dr Scott as party Vice-President dated December 16, 2014 and restore his position until determination of the case or further order by the court.

And in a penal notice, Justice Bobo said failure to obey the injunction shall result in contempt of court and thereby liability to committal to prison.

The matter will be heard next Monday.

And Mr Chama said the injunction obtained by Dr Scott shall be defended by a team of the party’s capable lawyers.
“I would like to inform you that as the ruling Patriotic Front, we have been informed that Dr Guy Scott has obtained an injunction restraining the PF from removing him from the position of Vice-President,” he said.

Mr Chama also said Edgar Lungu will tomorrow file his nomination papers as the PF’s preferred and duly-elected candidate for the January 20 presidential election.

-Zambia Daily Mail

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