Kampyongo upholds deregistration of DP

By Staff Reporter

Home Affairs Minister, Stephen Kampyongo has upheld the decision of the Chief registrar of societies to cancel the registration of the Democratic Party linked to former foreign minister, Harry Kalaba.

This follows an appeal tendered by DP president Gift Kalumba and national secretary Precious Ntambu on June 18.

In a statement Kampyongo said the Democratic Party does not therefore exist forthwith adding that anyone purporting to be an official or member of the said party would be in breach of the law and would be dealt with in accordance with the law.

In an appeal letter to the Minister of Home Affairs dated June 18 and undersigned by party president Gift Kalumba and national secretary Precious Ntambu, the DP cited Section 16 of the societies Act Cap 119 of the Laws of Zambia.

In a letter dated June 6, 2018 addressed to DP secretary general, chief registrar of societies Thandiwe Mhende stated that following DP’s inability to address the issue of why their society should not be cancelled, the Registrar of Societies had invoked the provisions of the societies Act, Cap 119 of the Laws of Zambia to have their registration cancelled under Section 13(2) (d).

Kalumba and Ntambu stated that the appeal operated as a nullity to the chief registrar’s decision to deregister the DP.

Section 16 of the societies Act Cap 119 of the Laws of Zambia states that where the certificate of registration has been cancelled by the registrar, the aggrieved party may appeal to the Minister within 21 days.