By Staff Reporters
SOME named senior opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) are cashing in for being agents of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).
According to sources within UPND, the party had received information that some named UPND officials, some of whom operate at party president Hakainde Hichilema’s office had links with the ruling party, leaking information on the opposition party’s planned activities.
“Information has reached us. Our leader HH must wake up and begin to check on the people around him. Some of them are sponsored PF agents engaged to provide all the relevant information relating to the party’s planned activities,” said a sources.”With this kind of infiltration, our party is likely to lose the 2021 elections if we do not clean up the mess around us.”
According to sources, the named officials were influential members of the UPND elections and media teams.
The sources disclosed that the named officials assisted the ruling party to win the last local government elections in UPND strongholds by leaking the relevant information in support of the PF campaigns while misleading the UPND to lose ground.
“These members masquerade as staunch UPND supporters while under the cover of darkness work for the ruling PF to distabilise the party. Watch the space, if we do not work up, we will be shocked with the Chilanga parliamentary election results,” said a source.
Meanwhile some senior UPND officials are disturbed by former First Lady Dr Maureen Mwanawasa’s declaration that she is not a member of the opposition party. Former Special Assistant to the President for Policy and Project Implementation and Monitoring Jack Kalala last week released a statement that indicated that the former first lady was not a member of UPND.
In the 2015 and 2016 elections, Dr Mwanawasa heavily campaigned for UPND candidate Hakainde Hichilema and even contested for the office of Mayor in Lusaka on the UPND ticket.
But Kalala who worked under late President Levy Mwanawasa dismissed some reports alleging that the former first lady had revealed in a tweet the reasons she had resigned from UPND.
The reports alleged that Dr Mwanawasa left the UPND because she was sexually discriminated against by the party.
But Kalala recently stated that the former first lady had posted no such tweet and that the alleged tweet and what it stated were just a malicious fabrication by ill-intentioned people with a view to mislead the people of Zambia and to tarnish the name of the former first lady.
Kalala said the hundreds of her Tweeter followers can confirm that no such tweet had been posted on her social media.
“She could not have accused UPND to having discriminated against her when the party had adopted her in 2016 to be its candidate for the position of executive mayor for the city of Lusaka that would have carried a lot of challenging responsibilities. She greatly appreciated and considered the gesture to be an honour and a privilege,” said Kalala.
He said the true position is that she has decided to lay down her political gloves to concentrate on social and community work, which she has always cherished and which is equally of national importance.
“Therefore from now until further notice, she remains non-partisan but patriotic to mother Zambia,” Kalala said.