15 February 2013

Zambia: Milupi Challenges Opposition Funders

ALLIANCE for Democracy and Development (ADD) president Charles Milupi has challenged the financier of the opposition political parties' trip and subsequent media briefing in South Africa to come out in the open.

Mr Milupi's remarks come in the wake of the decision by UPND, United Liberal Party and MMD leaders to hold a media briefing in South Africa early this week.

Mr Milupi argued that the atmosphere in the country to hold meetings or hold rallies was not conducive for opposition parties.

"This is the point that I am making, I have no problem with people seeking other alternatives. The only problem that I have, the problem that ADD has is the involvement of certain people whose interests in the matter is questionable.

"I do not believe that political leaders need to be under the auspices of anybody else. I think we are strong enough, we have shown what happened on the Judiciary cases, we united here, and we dealt with the matters here. We have shown when have supported fellow political leaders who have been arrested and so on," he said.

He said one of his party's principles was not to entangle itself in matters that it was not clear about.

Mr Milupi distanced his party from being part of the South African media briefing, saying in the first place it was not even part of the planning process.

The ADD leader said his party did not understand the rationale behind the involvement of lawyer Robert Amsterdam and was hopeful that the MMD, ULP and UPND leaders would brief him about the matter.

He warned that in as much as he welcomed alternatives aimed at correcting issues in the country, it was possible that some people whose principles might be questionable would take advantage of the situation.

Speaking in a separate interview, UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma described as "propaganda coming from Government" that the South African trip was funded by other people.

There was no way Hakainde Hichilema would fail to buy an air ticket to South Africa.

Mr Kakoma clarified that the media briefing in South Africa was strictly based on the alleged human rights violations in Zambia.

On the appointment of UPND Itezh-Tezhi Member of Parliament Greyford Monde to the PF Government, Mr Kakoma said the lawmaker was currently facing past disciplinary action for allegedly destabilising the opposition party at constituency and district levels.

"So that disciplinary process will continue and if he's found guilty appropriate measures will be taken. If he's innocent, he will be acquitted, but if he's going to be expelled, it will not be on account that he has been appointed deputy Minister," he said.

Copyright © 2013 The Times of Zambia. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.