29 December 2012

Zambia: State Your Political Affilliation, Chipenzi Told

THE ruling Patriotic Front (PF) on the Copperbelt has dared Forum for Democratic Process (FODEP) executive director MacDonald Chipenzi to come out in the open and state his political affiliation and agenda.

Copperbelt Province PF youth chairperson Menyani Zulu said Mr Chipenzi should state his political affiliation instead of hiding behind the noble ideals of his organisation.

"For a long time Mr Chipenzi has used FODEP to champion the agenda of an opposition political party to the extent that he has often times strayed into commenting even on issues that are basically none of his organisation's business," he said.

In a statement released in Ndola yesterday, Mr Zulu accused Mr Chipenzi of failing to discipline himself against the temptation of falling prey to partisan interests.

He said Mr Chipenzi had been in a hurry to disparage the PF Government by taking un-researched positions on important national matters.

"His shameless conducted has turned FODEP into a sham and embarrassed the donors who are sustaining its fading mission," he charged.

Mr Zulu said Mr Chipenzi should resign from FODEP and openly declare his support for a political party of his choice because it was no longer possible for him to hide his political affiliation.

"It is lack of principles for the FODEP director to allow hunger and poverty to dictate his decisions and take the organisation hostage instead of allowing it to serve its clearly stated objectives," he added.

Efforts to get a comment from Mr Chipenzi proved futile as his mobile phone went unanswered by Press time.

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