NOT all parties have been taken over by the cartel and the United Party for National Development(UPND) is certainly not one of them, the opposition political party has said.
Former UPND special assistant to the party president Edward Mumbi said his party was strong and was still operating independently.
He was reacting to a story in yesterday’s Daily Nation Newspaper attributed to PF media vice chairperson Sunday Chanda,where he said that the cartel has taken over the opposition.
He said the mere fact that the party has stood up to speak for some individuals perceived to be in “the cartel” does not make the party lose its independence.
“It’s unfortunate that our party has been misunderstood on certain issues. Our seemingly supportive stance on the former Director of Public Prosecutions(DPP), should not be seen as losing independence, we just want to support all Zambians where the law is concerned,”Mr Mumbi said.
He said the UPND stance on Mr Mutembo Nchito’s case had been clear because all that the party wanted was for the law to apply equally regardless of political affilliation.
Mr Mumbi said all those who have commited offences should face the same law in an equal and fair manner.
“We are all supporting the same law, we have seen what is going on and all UPND is saying is that the law must be applied equally to every Zambian regardless of someone’s affilliation,” Mr Mumbi said.
He claimed that the statement suggesting that the Alliance for Democracy and Development(ADD) is an extention of the UPND was incorrect.
Mr Chanda said yesterday that some opposition political parties have become an appendage of the cartel and the demand by Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) leader Charles Milupi for the impeachment of President Edgar Lungu is delusional thinking.
He said some opposition political parties have bought into the idea of the cartel and are twisting facts to suit the agenda of bitter people who have lost control of the Presidency. Mr Chanda said it was shocking that some opposition leaders have started singing praises for people they had earlier opposed on principle in the hope of winning some political media coverage