The National Dialogue Forum (NDF) has expelled Kitwe Mayor Christopher Kang’ombe from attending deliberations at Mulungushi International Conference Centre or allegedly defying the forum’s Act.

Acting Secretary to Cabinet Patrick Kangwa disclosed this in a letter dated 10th May, 2019, in which Kang’ombe was being asked to surrender his identity card and all correspondence relating to the forum.

And Kangwa has written to the Local Government Association of Zambia (LGAZ), asking the association to nominate a different representative.

“Following the sitting of the National Dialogue Forum held on 9th May, 2019, at which you attended in the company of your legal representative, the Committee at the conclusion of the hearing, found you in breach of sections 6 (4) and 12 (1) of the National Dialogue (Constitution, Electoral Process, Public Order and Political Parties) Act, 2019. The Committee in exercise of it’s powers under section 7 (2) has decided to expel you from the forum with immediate effect,” Kangwa stated.

“You are therefore notified that pursuant to section 5 (1) of the National Dialogue Act, 2019 as read with section 26 of the Interpretations of General Provisions Act, Chapter 2 of the laws of Zambia, your appointment to the National Dialogue Forum is revoked with effect from the date of this letter . You are accordingly directed to surrender your identity card and all reference material relating to the forum immediately.”

And in another letter, Kangwa requested the LGAZ to appoint a different representative for the association at the NDF.

“Following the expulsioj of your representative at the National Dialogue Forum, Mr. Christopher Kang’ombe, you are advised to nominate a new representative the forum in place of Mr. Kang’ombe,” stated Kangwa.