I wish to confirm that the Registrar of Societies is in receipt of a letter dated 18th April, 2019, from the National Democratic Congress Party (NDC) Secretary General Mr. Mwenya Musenge. In the letter Mr. Musenge is requesting the Registrar of Societies to intervene and provide guidance in a matter where an alleged illegal meeting was called by the Deputy Secretary General of the Party, which endorsed Dr Chishimba Kambwili as president of the NDC, contrary to the provisions of their Party Constitution.
The Registrar of Societies in her guidance letter has highlighted that the NDC Party Constitution deposited at the department upon registration of the Party, has clear and elaborate provisions regarding the appointment of the president of the Party. According to article 18 of their Constitution, the National Party Congress is the supreme policy making organ of the party and comprises of 1000 members drawn from all the ten provinces of Zambia. The National Party Congress is the only Party organ with the mandate to elect the Party president at its national congress. In addition to that, it is only the National Party Congress which can amend, approve and adopt the Party Constitution.
Furthermore, their Constitution stipulates in article 23(g) that “in the absence of the Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary General shall preside over the activities of the Party and give a comprehensive report to the Secretary General upon his/her return to the office. ” To the contrary, the meeting proceeded despite the substantive Secretary General being in the office.
In view of the above, the process for the appointment of Dr. Chishimba Kambwili as president of the National Democratic Congress Party was not in accordance with the provisions of their Party Constitution and therefore, it is null and void.
I therefore, wish to advise Dr. Chishimba Kambwili not to conduct NDC Party activities as its president to avoid being in conflict with the supreme law of the land. The Party is further reminded to adhere to its Constitution at all times, avoid short cuts in order to maintain order and remain compliant to the Societies Act Cap 119 of the laws of Zambia.
Public Relations Officer,
Ministry of Home Affairs.