Mulongoti wants ‘rebel’ PF members severely punished
By Staff Reporter
DERANGED PF members ought to be dealt with severely before they disorient other party members, member McDonald Mulongoti has demanded.
Commenting on the expulsion of former foreign minister Harry Kalaba, Mulongoti stated in a statement that the development was good riddance for the party.
On January 26, the PF secretary general Davies Mwila, announced the expulsion of Kalaba who was Bahati member of parliament from the ruling party.
But addressing journalists at Hotel InterContinental in Lusaka on January 29, Kalaba indicated that he did not wish to challenge in court the decision of the PF to expel him.
Kalaba announced that he was resigning from the PF with “jubilation in my heart” and that he wanted to spare the courts the drama of adjournments and injunctions.
In a press statement, Mulongoti stated that deranged PF members ought to be dealt with severely before they could disorient more party members and other unsuspecting people with the view to “further tarnishing the party’s good image.”
Mulongoti lauded the PF central committee for expelling Kalaba who, according to him, “was masquerading as a party member.”
“His departure is therefore good riddance,” Mulongoti stated.
He added that it was wrong for Kalaba to insinuate that he resigned from the PF when he was, in fact, expelled.
Mulongoti, a former Chingola mayor, stated that the only difference with Kalaba’s resignation was that he was not challenging his expulsion from the PF like: “Kambwili who still postures himself in a straddled manner.”
“Hitherto, Kambwili still resists his expulsion from the party through legal recourse yet goes overboard disparaging His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and the entire PF; his actions are totally inimical to the values of the party and amount to cowardice because he always contradicts himself,” Mulongoti stated.
“Kalaba saw that weakness in his fellow rebel Kambwili and outshined him though discontented with the central committee’s outcome.”
And Mulongoti stressed that all PF members had an obligation to market the party in view of developmental projects and also defend President Lungu and the party at large against incessant attacks.