Power and Politics

UPND distances self from in-fighting threatening the collapse of Patriotic Front as a party (Video)


The ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) has dismissed claims by the Patriotic Front (PF) that it was sponsoring Matero Member of Parliament, Miles Sampa, to cause confusion in the party.

PF Secretary General, Raphael Nakacinda, had accused the UPND of sponsoring confusion in the former ruling party using Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa.

Party Spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa, told Zambia Monitor in Lusaka on Thursday that the PF should not drag the UPND and government into their wrangles.

Mweetwa also said that the convention which elected Sampa as PF president had nothing to do with State House nor the UPND.

“We would like to clarify and put it on record that as UPND, we were not involved in the conference or convention which was held by the Patriotic Front,” he said.

He noted that the convention arose from the PF intra-party squabbles and that the UPND had nothing to do with the organisation, and subsequent election of Sampa as party president.

On Thursday at a media briefing held at the PF Secretariat, Nakacinda accused President Hakainde Hichilema and the UPND of sponsoring confusion in the former ruling party.

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He alleged that Hichilema, using his appointees such as Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister, Jack Mwiimbu, Political Advisor, Levy Ngoma, had been spending sleepless nights scheming of how to deregister the PF through the Registrar of Societies.

“The lady there, the Chief Registrar from the other day to yesterday into the night, she is under threat, at risk of losing her job, giving her instructions, even to disobey a Court order,” Nakacinda said.

He claimed that despite having a visiting Head of State from Tanzania, Samia Suulu Hassan, addressing Parliament, Mwiimbu on Wednesday could not attend the session because he was at his office hoping to see a change of names on the records at the Registrar of Societies.

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