National Democratic Congress leader Chishimba Kambwili says the party is contemplating giving Mwenya Musenge more charges because of his statement that the NDC had withdrawn its membership from the Opposition Alliance.
Speaking to journalists at Lusaka Magistrates’ Court shortly after making an appearance in one of his matters, Monday, Kambwili said he regarded Musenge as his brother, adding that the latter had differed with the party not him.
“There’s never been a problem between me and Mwenya Musenge. Mwenya Musenge has differed with NDC, the party, not me. So, there is nothing to resolve between me and Mwenya Musenge, I regard him as a brother. We have taken our action, we have given him a position as chairman of traditional affairs, witchcraft etc. If he doesn’t want that position, it’s up to him, but the party moves on and life continues,” Kambwili said.
However, Kambwili charged that it was indiscipline for Musenge to be issuing statements concerning the party alone, adding that NDC was thinking of giving him more charges.
“But I think party rules have to be followed and discipline has to be instilled. There is no way somebody can stand alone to go and say: ‘we have pulled out of the Alliance, we are going to the dialogue process!’ when the party has not resolved through its central committee. So, all that is indiscipline and we are now thinking of giving him more charges pertaining to those statements that he is issuing! And if he is supported by [Stephen] Kampyongo and them, so be it, we will meet them head on,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court adjourned the matter in which Kambwili is charged with contempt of court to May 30, 2019, as the witness who is on stand is unwell.
In this matter EPP leader Chilufya Tayali alleged that Kambwili tampered with evidence in a case in which the latter is facing three counts of forgery, uttering false documents and giving false information to a public officer.
Particulars of the offence are that Kambwili on March 6, 2018, in Lusaka, did cause an obstruction or disturbance in the course of judicial proceedings by lodging documents at PACRA to alter the details and records of Mwamona Engineering and Technical Services, which were subject of active judicial proceedings.
It is alleged that the changes made were particulars of the two directors namely; Mwamba Chishimba and Carol Chansa, of which Mwamba Chishimba was changed to Mwamba Kambwili and Carol Chansa to Carol Chansa Chipande.
However, when the matter came up for continued trial before Magistrate Nsunge Chanda, Monday, the State informed the Court that it was unable to proceed with trial as their witness who was on stand, was indisposed.
The State then applied for an adjournment to May 30 to which the defence did not object.