An unholy alliance has been formed between the United Party for National Development (UPND) and infamous cartel that blackmailed and held hostage some previous governments in their desperate effort to wrestle power from the Patriotic Front (PF), Fr. Frank Bwalya has revealed.
Fr Bwalya, who is member of the PF Central Committee in charge of information, said as the PF was gaining momentum to retain power after the 11th August general elections, the UPND and the cartel were getting more desperate, hence forging an alliance with the hope of removing President Edgar Lungu from State House.
He said the cartel wanted to continue with their schemes of getting hold of State institutions such as the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and other security and investigative wings.
Fr Bwalya told the Daily Nation in an interview yesterday that it was a blessing in disguise for PF that the UPND had clandestinely formed an alliance with the infamous cartel.
He said Zambians had realised that the cartel was now propagating the ideals of the UPND and that if in the unlikely event the opposition political party formed government, the cartel would yet again have a field day in manipulating State institutions.
Fr Bwalya said President Lungu had vowed to deal with the cartel and that was why he was being fought ruthlessly and that there was a real danger that the cartel was going to get away with their white collar crimes and other economic and financial transgressions.
“As the PF is gaining momentum to retain power, all desperate people are beginning to forge alliances and we know that the UPND in desperation to get into power for a time that looks like the last chance, they have decided to go to bed with the cartel that over the years had manipulated presidents and State institutions.
‘‘As the PF we think it is a blessing in disguise because Zambians now understand that if the UPND formed government, the cartel would again have a field day to manipulate State institutions and get away with various financial and economic crimes they have committed over the years,” Fr Bwalya said. And Fr Bwalya has announced that the PF would soon embark on the decentralization of its information committee as part of building an effective communication system ahead of the general elections in August this year.
He said the committee had a pivotal role to play in ensuring that Zambians get right information about what the PF government had achieved.
Fr Bwalya said it had been observed that some media houses in the country had decided to support a particular presidential candidate and party.m State House.