JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – One of Zambia’s opposition parties, the Democratic Party (DP) led by expelled former ruling party Patriotic Front Member of Parliament Harry Kalaba has once again been banned by the Ministry of Home Affairs, African Daily Voice has confirmed.
The DP was urged to stop conducting any political activities in the country according to a statement issued by the Home Affairs Public Relations Officer, Nephas Chifuta confirming the development today.
According to reports, last year, the DP sued Government through the Attorney General on the basis that the Registrar of Societies rejected to issue their Party a duplicate Certificate of registration despite having paid the annual subscription fees during the amnesty period.
The matter proceeded before the High Court which ruled in favour of the Democratic Party.
“After not being satisfied with the High Court ruling, the Attorney General appealed before the Court of Appeal,” said Chifuta.
“The court of Appeal issued a stay of execution of the High Court judgment which has reinstated the decision of the Registrar of Societies pending full determination of the matter before the Courts of Law.
“In view of this current status quo, the Democratic Party is advised to forthwith cease to conduct any political activities across the country until the Court of Appeal orders otherwise,” Chifuta said.
Chifuta added that the ministry remains committed to ensuring that that the DP adheres to the stay adding that any violation to this order shall be met with the full force of the Law.
According to Mwebantu, earlier this week, Kalaba DP 2021 aspiring president accepted the party presidential position after being expelled as Bahati constituency PF Member of Parliament.
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