THE United Party for National Development (UPND) has reacted angrily to Patriotic Front (PF) central committee member Frank Bwalya for alleging that members of the cartel had joined UPND.
But Fr. Bwalya has charged that the opposition is psyching its members over an inevitable election defeat by alleging that the ruling party is conniving with the intelligence to lay the ground for rigging.
UPND presidential spokesperson (special duties) Edward Mumbi yesterday challenged Fr. Bwalya to name the members of the cartel that he was alleging to have joined the UPND because his party did not know any individual called the cartel.
Mr. Mumbi said unlike PF, UPND was a decently organised political party whose membership was by card and not by acclamation, hence making it easy for Fr. Bwalya to name the people he was talking about since they should be bearing cards as identity of which party they belonged to.
He accused Fr. Bwalya of issuing alarming statements without due regard that the message he was conveying to the over 15 million Zambians had the potential to cause despondency in the country.
“So, we challenge him to name the cartel he is talking about because we don’t know who the cartel is. Unlike PF whose membership is by acclamation, the UPND has its membership based on record and all our members have identity cards to show that they belong to UPND. This makes it easier for him to tell us those people who have joined us,” Mr. Mumbi said.
But Fr. Bwalya said UPND was psyching its members over an inevitable election defeat going by its scheme to foment violence in order to force the installation of their leader Hakainde Hichilema as vice president in the case of defeat.
Fr. Bwalya said the clique that had ganged up against President Edgar Lungu had taken to fabricating lies against him in order to discredit him.
“There is nothing like a plan working with the OP to rig elections it is a group of people who have risen up against President Lungu who are fabricating lies,” he said.
“They are psyching their members for a loss so that they provoke violence in order to force the President to appoint Hakainde as Vice President but there will be no violence.”
Fr. Bwalya said the PF was preparing for a clean fight and was confident of winning elections at the first count.