Masebo goes to court to stop her expulsion

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Sylvia Masebo

Sylvia Masebo

CHONGWE PF member of parliament Sylvia Masebo has applied for an interim injunction in the Lusaka High Court restraining the ruling party from suspending or expelling her.

And Masebo also stated that the decision to remove her as chairperson for elections  was irregular as the party was in disarray and there was no known leader.

In a statement of claim filed in the principal registry by her lawyer Mushipe and Associates  on Wednesday, Masebo cited party secretary general Davies Chama as a defendant.

Masebo wants the court to declare that her purported suspension or expulsion  and suspension as chairperson for elections is illegal, null and void.

She stated that on January 4, Chama issued a media statement that  she had been removed from her position as chairperson for elections.

Masebo stated that she only came to know of her purported suspension through a media statement issued by Chama on behalf of party president Edgar Lungu.

She submitted that she was neither given a notice of the meeting where the decision to suspend her  was arrived at, nor was she given an opportunity to be heard over the allegations levelled against her.

Masebo stated that as a result of the foregoing breaches on the part of the PF, she had suffered damage, loss and inconvenience.

And Masebo, in her affidavit, stated that she was removed from the position of chairperson for elections because she could not bend the party rules to the advantage of Lungu, who was the PF aspiring candidate.

“By reason of the aforestated, I have suffered damage, loss, inconvenience, irreparable injury and I  am liable to lose my parliamentary seat owing to the defendant’s unjustifiable actions,” stated Masebo. “I humbly request this honourable court for an order of interim injunction restraining the defendant, whether by himself or his servants or agents, from suspending and expelling me from being a member of the Patriotic Front until the determination of the case.”

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