UPND asks Speaker to declare Sinazongwe seat vacant

Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has asked Speaker of the National Assembly to declare the Sinazongwe constituency in Southern province vacant after expelling  its Member of Parliament Richwell Siamunene.
The Disciplinary Committee of the UPND that sat Wednesday, May 29, 2013 expelled Siamunene who is serving as Commerce Deputy Minister in President Michael Sata’s Patriotic Front government for gross misconduct. The Committee went ahead to make a decision after Siamunene failed to appear before it as he claimed to be busy on National duties.

The party through its Secretary General Winstone Chibwe has since written to Siamunene informing him about the decision. Chibwe stated that the decision was arrived at following Siamunene’s refusal, neglect and failure to appear before the party’s disciplinary committee which sat today as communicated to him.

The General Secretary said the party cannot buy Siamunene’s purported excuse that he was busy and out of town.

Its very unlikely that Siamunene will challenge his expulsion but will instead opt to seek to be adopt by PF as he feels can easily reclaim the seat. Sources close to him have told Zambian Eye that Siamunene has been boasting that even if UPND expelled him he would easily win the seat because he is popular in the constituency.

If the seat is declared vacant the people of Sinazongwe will have to go to the polls within 90 days as stipulated in the Country’s constitution.