Power and Politics

Again, ruling party, UPND, finds fault with ex-President Lungu’s rise to power


The United Party for National Development (UPND) has characterised former President Edgar Lungu’s statement regarding his path to the presidency as self-incrimination.

The party alleged that his statement suggested that he deceitfully maneouvered his way from Lusaka’s Chawama compound to State House.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday, UPND General-Secretary, Batuke Imenda, expressed dismay, stating that it was heartless of Lungu to boast about his rise to State House, especially considering the death of the fifth president, Michael Sata, in 2015.

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“Sata’s family, supporters, and the country are still mourning their revered hero, but Lungu is today boasting how he ascended to power, presumably through uncouth schemes,” he said.

Imenda further said that Lungu’s political maneouvering had severe consequences for the country.

“We advise Lungu to avoid abusing the democratic space accorded to him like all other citizens,” he said.

He added that Lungu’s statements, such as the one he made on Sunday at Dunamis Church, had the potential to plunge the country into chaos.

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