Power and Politics

Hapunda is new Socialist Party media director


Brian Hapunda is reportedly the new media director for the leftist political formation, Socialist Party (SP)·

The move has ended speculations after he ditched the former ruling party currently embroidered in serious wrangles citing lack of direction.

After an image of him holding a certificate of appointment from party leader Fred M’membe on Monday went public, speculations ensued especially on what position the former PF stalwart had been offered.

Quoting Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, he confirmed on his official Facebook handle saying: “Yes we can! Thank you all for your congratulatory messages and best wishes, I am Media Director,” Hapunda said.

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The former diplomat and PF influential member resigned on November 17, 2023 from the party citing lack of political leadership and direction.

Hapunda, who was Zambia’s former First Secretary for Political Administration in Brussels until the former ruling party lost power, wrote to PF secretary-general about his decision to resign.

He cited lack of effective leadership and clear political direction within the party and presence of two power faction leading to disunity and lack of cohesion.

Hapunda said failure of the party to organise an elective convention, and failure to undertake a rebranding process, following the loss of power to the United Party for National Development (UPND) in the 2021 elections, was another reason that had led him to resign.

Prior to joining PF, he was national mobilisation youth chairperson for now ruling party, the United Party for National Development (UPND) .

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