Judge Manyungwa to rule on UDF rift Jan 5

Former ruling United Democratic Frot (UDF) will on Thursday January  5 hear the judgement from High Court Judge  Joseph Manyungwa on whether or not  to discharge  an injunction stopping the party’s Secretary General Kennedy Makwangwala from conducting a National Executive Committee meeting.

UDF camp of Hophmally Makande, Friday Jumbe, Humphrey Mvula and Ziliro Chibambo are being represented by lawyer Ralph Kasambara while Kalekeni Kaphale is representing.

Kasambara submitted before Justice Manyungwa that the injunction should not be lifted for the “good of inter-party democracy, corporate governance and constitutionalism.”

Makwangwala: To hear from judge Manyungwa on January 5

He said Makwangwala did not appear before the party’s displinary hearing and that his decision to dismiss the executive smacked of dictatorship.

Kasambara argued that Makwangwala actions were that of a “dictator who treated the party as a personal estate”.

But Kaphale counter argued that the alleged dictatorship issues are misplaced, saying matter before the court is about “procedural fairness.”

He also argued that Makwangwala’s sacking was made “erroneously” and “not in line with the rules of natural justice” because he was not given notice of any meeting or disciplinary hearing.

Kaphale submitted that even if Makwangwala was given such notice, “time was grossly inadequate to meet rules of natural justice, hence our prayer in the summons for the dissolution of the injunction.”

Makwangwala called a National Executive Committee meeting for members who were elected before July 2009 following the dissolution of all party positions.

The Friday Jumbe faction also expelled Makwangwala and former president Bakili Muluzi’s son Atupele for disregard of party etiquette and undermining authority.

UDF has been rocked in leadership wrangles since Muluzi retired from active politics and handed the acting leadership role to Jumbe in 2009.

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