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‘Apologize in 48 hours or…’, Mwaliteta demands retraction of kidnap allegations against him by SP candidate


Ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) Lusaka Province Chairperson, Obvious Mwaliteta, has given a 48-hour ultimatum to Socialist Party (SP) Kaunga Ward by-election candidate, Maneya Mwale, to apologize and retract her allegations.

During a media briefing in Lusaka on Friday Mwale, alleged that Mwaliteta and his Lusaka District Chairperson, Anderson Banda, kidnapped and threatened to shoot her.

Responding to the allegations in Lusaka on Sunday during a media briefing, Mwaliteta denied Mwale’s allegation and said at no time did he and his team brandish guns against the SP candidate.

“At no time did I or my team member brandish a gun to Mwale, I simply advised her to quit politics as she is young and focus her energies on applying for the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to help her start a business,” Mwaliteta stated.

He stated that Mwale’s allegations were aimed at branding and painting the UPND black and violent.

“The UPND, was ushered into office on the premise of restoring law and order and it would be otherwise for the ruling party to follow in the footsteps of the defunct Patriotic Front (PF),” Mwaliteta said.

He advised the SP leader, Dr. Fred M’membe to swallow his pride and hate against President Hakainde Hichilema and prudently appreciate the many economic strides being undertaken by his administration.

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Commenting on the assertions that the party was a failed project during the virtual press briefing by United Kwacha Alliance (UKA) members on Saturday, Mwaliteta said it was a fallacy for a group of finished politicians to continue casting aspersions against the UPND.

“It is President Hichilema’s good political will that has seen named tabloids including the Daily Nation and The Mast had continued to freely operate despite churning hate against the ruling party,” he said.

Mwaliteta added that it was wrong for the party that brought the country to its knees to go on the rooftop to accuse the UPND-led government of failing to run the affairs of the country.

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