RICHARD Kapita should stop justifying his decision to defect to the Patriotic Front (PF) by making baseless statements that UPND will never form government, UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma has said.
Mr Kakoma said instead of Mr Kapita denouncing UPND, he should concentrate on selling the Patriotic Front (PF) ideas
He was reacting to Mr. Kapita’s assertions in yesterday’s Sunday Nation Newspaper where he was quoted as having said that it was a joke for anyone to think that UPND could win next year’s elections.
Mr Kakoma said to the contrary, the majority of Zambians viewed the UPND as a government in-waiting.
He said the former UPND vice president should concentrate on selling the PF.
Mr Kakoma said it would not work for Mr. Kapita to continue justifying his defection by making baseless statements to the media.
He challenged Mr Kapita to explain the role he played in UPND in the last 17 years to ensure the party got into Government.
Mr Kakoma said that after holding a very senior position in the party, it had become clear that Mr Kapita contributed to the UPND’s failure to form government.
“Mr. Kapita should just concentrate on selling PF ideas instead of giving baseless statements to the media. It is a well-known fact that he is trying to justify his defection to the PF and one question people should ask is what role he played in the party in the 17 years he was a member of the party. If he says UPND will not form government, it is also clear that he contributed to Hakainde Hichilema’s failure to win elections,” he said.
Mr Kakoma wondered why Mr. Kapita continued to campaign for the UPND even when he knew that the party was not going to form government.
“To begin with why was he campaigning for UPND if he knew that we were not going to form government?
If he thinks he is popular, let him stand in Mwinilunga and see what will happen,” he said.
Mr. Kapita was quoted yesterday as saying that those who thought the UPND would form Government next year were being over-ambitious as they were headed for a shock of their lives.
“It’s a joke for anyone to think that UPND can win next year’s elections. There is need for serious reforms in the party. They need to change many things in the way they do politics,” Mr. Kapita said.