DP to commence contempt proceedings against home affairs spokesperson

By Staff Reporter

OPPOSITION Democratic Party (DP) will commence contempt of court proceedings against home affairs spokesperson Nephas Chifuta for stating that the party remains de-registered.

DP spokesperson Judith Kabemba said the statement released by Chifuta was false and alarming to the nation.

She said members of the public should ignore the statement issued by the ministry of home affairs as it was misleading and sign of desperation of the ruling party to cling to power.

Speaking during a press briefing held at Cross Roads lodge in Kitwe yesterday, Kabemba wondered how the ministry was quick to issue a statement and announce the deregistration of the party.

“The decision by the state through the court to stay operations of the Democratic Party was squashed by the court but stayed the issue of printing a duplicate certificate until review. I assure our members across the country that the ruling made on January 29, 2019 by Judge Sharon Newa makes the DP validly registered and free to operate. The ruling was at high court and not appeals court as earlier announced by the Ministry.

“The DP is disappointed how a simple writing can be misinterpreted by officials and custodians of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The only matter which is before the court is the stay of printing a duplicate certificate for the party until determination of the matter at the Appeals Court,” she said.

Chifuta last week advised DP to stop conducting any political activities across the country pending hearing from the Court of Appeal.

This is because the Registrar of Societies, a department under the Ministry of Home Affairs rejected to issue the Democratic Party a Certificate of registration.

In a statement, Ministry of Home Affairs Public Relations Officer Nephas Chifuta said despite the party having paid the annual subscription fees during the amnesty period, the DP remained de-registered.

Chifuta said the opposition party was de-registered and violating to the stay of execution which was tantamount to attract full force of the law.

“Members of the public may wish to be informed that late last year the DP issued Government through the Attorney General on the basis that the Registrar of Societies rejected to issue their Party a duplicate Certificate of registration,” he said.

The matter proceeded before the High Court which ruled in favour of the Democratic Party.

Attorney General Likando Kalaluka was however, dissatisfied and appealed before the Court of Appeal which has now issued a stay of execution on the High Court judgment.

“In view of this current status quo, reinstating the decision of the Registrar of Societies is pending full determination of the matter before the courts of law. To ensure that law and order is maintained, I appeal to the de-registered DP to adhere to the stay of execution as any violation to this order shall be met with the full force of the law,” he said.