Cozmo Mumba stops Rev. Pule from getting his party’s symbol

Rev. Dan Pule

Rev. Dan Pule

Christian Democratic Party (CDP) interim president Dan Pule has lost his party symbol of a dove on the directive of Chief Registrar of Societies, Kakoma Kanganja.

The directive is because another party, the National Revolution Party (NRP), already has the dove as its symbol.

In a letter dated November 1, 2013 addressed to NRP president Cosmo Mumba, Mr Kanganja directed Dr Pule to adopt a different party symbol to avoid similarities.

The letter has also been copied to Minister of Home Affairs Edgar Lungu and his permanent secretary.

“It is therefore only convenient and prudent that as a way forward, the other party, in this case the Christian Democratic Party, withdraws its symbol depicting a dove in flight carrying a leaf.

“By copy of the letter, Christian Democratic Party is being informed and directed to adopt a different party symbol to avoid the similarities and put the whole matter to rest,” Mr Kanganja said.

Mr Kanganja said it is an indisputable fact that there is a similarity in party symbols between CDP and NRP which contravenes the Societies Act 119 of the Laws of Zambia.

“The Department of the Registrar of Societies, having realised the anomaly, wishes to take full responsibility of the anomaly made and any inconvenience this may have caused to NRP,” he said.

And in an interview, Mr Kanganja said his office expects Dr Pule to respond and submit a new symbol to his office when he is ready and returns to Zambia.

“We were expecting him [Dr Pule] to respond the day we sent him a letter. But we were told that he was out of the country,” he said.

Mr Kanganja said to avoid being seen to infringe on people’s rights of association and assembly and to promote peace and harmony, he has apologised to Dr Pule over the mix-up regarding the party symbol./ Daily Mail