UPND ready to flash out its Sinazongwe MP, summons him

Opposition UPND has summoned its Sinazongwe Parliamentarian Richwell Siamunene who has been appointed to serve as Deputy Minister of Health in President Michael Sata’s Patriotic Front government.

Siamunene has since been written to notifying him to present himself before the party’s Disciplinary Committee on May 29, 2013. In a letter dated May 21, 2013, the party says Siamunene must appear before the Committee to answer allegations of violating the constitution of UPND at 10am.

UPND says they are giving their Parliamentarian an opportunity to give his side of the story from the allegations against him. Party’s Deputy Spokesperson Cornelious Mweetwa has also confirmed the development in Lusaka today. He said the UPND will go ahead and make a decision in the event that Siamunene fails to appear before the Committee.

Sources close to Siamunene have told Zambian Eye that he looks set to cross over to ruling party as he thinks would retains the seat if UPND expels him.

“Siamunene has been busy in his constituency preparing the grounds and he may not even appear before that Committee,” his associates told Zambian Eye. “He still feels he has the support of the people and with backing of government he will retain the seat.”

Siamunene after his appointment into government said his allegiance is to the people of Sinazongwe and not the UPND. He said he was ready to face any consiquences that may arise as a result of him accepting to serve in government as he believes was the best way to develop his constituency.

UPND sources say the party is aware of Siamunene’s position and all it wants is put it on record that he was availed an opportunity to be heard. Zambian Eye has been informed that the selection process to replace Siamunene is on course in Sinazongwe and one of those being considered is the former Member of Parliament Raphael Muyanda who was not re-adopted in 2011 elections.