MISA chair Kabwe must be impeached- former head

PRESS STATEMENT

July 28, 2010

RE: MISA Zambia Chairperson must resign or be impeached

The call by the two Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia Chapter

Board of Trustees for the organization’s chairperson Mr. Henry Kabwe to resign is long overdue.

As a former MISA Zambia chairperson and founding member, I wish to unequivocally state that the demand for Mr. Kabwe’s resignation or impeachment following financial irregularities cited in an audit report is not only a constitutional matter but it also oscillates on moral, integrity and credibility of MISA Zambia.

A letter has been sent to The National Governing Council (NGC) of MISA and the Board of Trustees to ask them to suspend Mr. Kabwe and his accomplices in the NGC or Secretariat from performing any duties with immediate effect. The final verdict will determined by the upcoming MISA Zambia Annual General Meeting (AGM).

MISA Zambia is an organization that has tasked itself to promote and defend freedom of expression and press freedom, and to take appropriate steps where such freedoms are violated, and to seek to remove obstacles and impediments to the free flow of information.

Since inception in 1997, the various board members and chairpersons have upheld the integrity and credibility of MISA Zambia.

Therefore, its mandate and duty will be compromised if Mr. Kabwe continues to serve as the Chairperson without his case being cleared by Zambia Police or the Courts of Law and indeed heard by the General Membership of MISA Zambia.

It is my sincere hope that the NGC will be resolute in dealing with this matter so that the

AGM scheduled for August could concentrate on other important matters.

Undersigned.

Kunda Chinyanta Mwila

MISA Founder Member & Former Chairperson

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