24 November 2012

Zambia: MMD Now Turns Heat On UPND

THE MMD has now turned the heat on United Party for National Development (UPND), accusing its leaders of contributing to the fierce intra-party fighting.

MMD national youth secretary Tobias Kafumukache said in Lusaka yesterday that some officials in UPND were rejoicing over MMD's problems, which they had partly caused.

Mr Kafumukache said during a media briefing that some UPND officials were allegedly masquerading as youths in the MMD and fomenting trouble.

"We know that some UPND people are happy and we know that some of the UPND officials are masquerading as youths to come into MMD and destabilise this party," he said.

When contacted for a comment, UPND deputy spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa said it was unfortunate that the MMD could start antagonising a fellow opposition political party.

Mr Mweetwa said UPND wanted a strong MMD so that together they could offer effective checks and balances to the Government.

Meanwhile, Mr Kafumukache has warned that the MMD will discipline youths who want to put the name of the party into disrepute.

Mr Kafumukache said the MMD's activities should be able to inspire people as it is one of the oldest political parties in the country.

He defended national secretary Richard Kachingwe's visit to State House, maintaining that it was sanctioned by the National Executive Committe (NEC).

He said while Major Kachingwe's visit had been made public, other party officials who had gone to State House should come out in the open."So if they are saying that the visit was a wrong visit then the whole entire executive must be dissolved or must be hounded out of th

eir offices because they are the ones who gave the mandate for the national secretary's visit to State House.

"Furthermore, on the same date we are aware that another senior official visited State House, to be more specific Dora Siliya.

"Now does it mean that Dora Siliya is working with PF, we want those answers to be made available to us," he said.

Ms Siliya could not be reached for a comment as her mobile phone went unanswered by Press time.

Meanwhile, Maj Kachingwe, who was found at the secretariat yesterday, said he would not take immediate action against people trying to destabilise the party.

"This is a very big party and the party has a good future; our trust should be in the structures of the party, the highest organ is the NEC and very shortly the NEC will be meeting to look at the various issues that have arisen," he said.

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