OPPOSITION UPND Kitwe District Vice-Chairman Ronald Manenga on Thursday harassed and showered unpalatable words on Daily Nation reporter Rogers Kalero for authoring a story that the UPND Nkana constituency officials had defected to the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD).
Mr Manenga told the Daily Nation reporter that he was stupid, foolish and unprofessional because he did not consult him before doing the story.
On Wednesday, UPND Nkana constituency officials, led by Ernest Mulebi defected to FDD.
Mr Mulebiwarned of more serious divisions and more party officials defecting to other parties because UPND allegedly had no regard for party officials and members at grass root level.
But in reaction to the story, Manenga had this to say;
“You are unprofessional, you are just a stupid and foolish Reporter. You should have talked to me before doing this story. This is useless,” Mr Manenga said.
UPND Copperbelt Provincial Information and Publicity Secretary (IPS) Kennedy Kalunga advised the reporter to ignore Mr Manenga’s outburst.
“Manenga’s outbursts should not dent the relationship we have with you or the Daily Nation Newspaper, but we should have a good relationship. Just ignore him,” Mr Kalunga said.
And in reacting to the defection, Mr Mfula said Mr Mulebi, who led other UPND officials in defecting to FDD was not a UPND Nkana constituency chairman, but was a campaign manager for President Hakainde Hichilema in Nkana constituency during the January 2015 Presidential by-election.
Mr Mfula said after the elections, he had no positions in the UPND structures in Nkana constituency or anywhere.