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Socialist Party accuses ruling UPND of masterminding abduction of candidates for elective offices


The Socialist Party has called for the arrest of ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) Lusaka Province Chairperson, Obvious Mwaliteta, for alleged abduction.

Party Vice President, Dr Cosmas Musumali, said Mwaliteta should be arrested together with his District Chairperson, Anderson Banda, for alleged kidnapping.

Musumali made the call at a media briefing in Lusaka, alleging that Mwaliteta, Banda and other people abducted, kidnapped the party candidate, Maneya Mwale for Kaunga Ward by-election in Luangwa district of Feira Constituency.

He also accused the ruling party of being behind such activities that had continued to happen in all the ward elections in the country.

“Those who know this President know that he micromanages everything. He has hands on type of leadership and this kidnapping have not happened once but have been happening, nothing has been done, no one has been arrested, what’s the conclusion, the conclusion is that he is okaying it, he sees nothing wrong with it and the Head of State who swore to uphold the rights and Constitution of Zambia,” Musumali said.

“This is something that can not be done without HH tolerating it, facilitating it and even giving it a go ahead. If it’s done once I would agree with you that some rogue UPND members did it outside his control,” Musumali stated.

He claimed that the UPND was not ready to uphold the democratic tenets of the country and were using all means necessary to win the elections.

“The candidate in Kaunga Ward, like in the other 6 Wards, was abducted during the nominations day, which forced the Socialist Party to look for other candidates and Hichilema has remained silent on such activities,” Musumali said.

Musumali also called on the Electoral Commission of Zambia to invalidate the nominations for Chikenge and Chisanga wards and set a new date for filling in of nominations.

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“We further demand that the Commission should ban the UPND from participating in these two wards due to the crimes committed, which are against the electoral code of conduct,” he demanded.

Musumali said hell would have broken lose had it been the other way round, and that Socialist Party leader Dr Fred M’membe would have been called all sorts of names by the UPND and their surrogates.

He further called on the Police to institute investigations into the disappearance of several candidates in different ward by-elections who have not being found.

“This is the winning formular for the UPND, kidnapping, abductions have become child’s play for them, they are endangering people’s lives, you have the audercity to abduct a 22 years old girl and pointing a gun to her head,” Musumali said.

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