By Chris Zumani Zimba
Today, former Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Harry Kalaba said he will not challenge the PF decision to expel him from the party in the courts of law. Speaking at a press briefing at Intercontinental Hotel this morning, Kalaba says instead he wants to focus on mobilizing support as he takes up the position of Democratic Party Presidential candidate for 2021.
“I do not wish to challenge the decision of the PF in the courts of law, I will spare the courts the drama of adjournments. I was elected Member of Parliament for Bahati for a period of five years and we are remaining with slightly over 23 months before the next election….I will not participate in the Bahati by-election instead I will focuses on mobilizing support for my presidential candidature for 2021 under the Democratic Party. I will also be taking up today the party president position of the democratic party,” he said.
Going by his position, Hon. Harry Kalaba has proven that he is a mature and sober politician who knows what he wants and where he is going. This move will help him be taken serious by many Zambians as an opposition presidential candidate for 2021 under his own defined party than remaining PF in parliament as ‘unwanted and undefined lawmaker’ through court appendixes while he denounces and opposes his sponsoring party on everything. Hon. Harry has led the right way on what it means to differ with a sponsoring party, being expelled and leaving it in peace. This is civilized politics indeed.
I a media statement read to the media on 27th January,2019, PF Secretary General Davies Mwila said that PF’s Central Committee met for a special sitting to receive and deliberate on the Report of the Party’s Disciplinary Committee and unanimously agreed to expel Mr. Harry Kalaba from the Party. Mr Mwila further said that by virtue of the expulsion decision, the party will notify the Speaker to declare Bahati Parliamentary Seat Vacant.
Chris Zumani Zimba is a prolific Political Scientist, Analyst, Author, Blogger, PhD Scholar, Researcher and Consultant. Besides being the CEO and Managing Consultant at Chrizzima Democracy University (CDU) in Zambia, he analyses African politics weekly on Voice of the Cape Radio, South Africa every Wednesday at 16:20hours CAT. So far, he has authored more than 10 political and academic books as well as published over 100 well researched articles. Sometimes, he lectures Political Science-Part Time with University of Zambia (UNZA) and University of Lusaka (UNILUS) outside his usual commitments.