. THE Chief Registrar of Societies Thandiwe Phiri-Mhende yesterday blocked the Daily Nation from conducting a search on the Democratic Front Party, (DFP) to establish the leadership of the PF breakaway political party.
Attempts by the Daily Nation to conduct a search and establish the leadership of the Democratic Front Party proved futile as the Chief Registrar of Societies declined to allow the newspaper to have access to the details of the new political party.
While Mrs Mhende confirmed the existence of the DFP, the Daily Nation yesterday however could not be allowed to conduct a search to establish the leadership of the PF breakaway party.
Despite having confirmed the existence of the DFP and its registration by the Registrar of Societies, Mrs Mhende could not allow the Daily Nation to conduct the search on account that the newspaper did not specify the exact period when the new political party was registered.
She demanded that the letter requesting for her authority to conduct a search on the DFP should be revised and amended to state the name of the political party and the period when it had been registered.
The Daily Nation was ready to pay for the search but Mrs Mhende accused the Daily Nation of not being sure and certain of the information the newspaper was looking for.
She however promised that should the Daily Nation amend its request, she would be more than willing to give the information about the leadership or founder members of the DFP.
“The Democratic Front Party does exist and was registered but it was not in the period your request for the search has indicated. I am unable to allow you to conduct the search because you are not sure about what you are looking for. I would be more than ready to let you have the information you are looking for if you can amend your request so that I know what you are looking for. This political party is even on the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) list,” Mrs Mhende said.
She said she was willing to have the Daily Nation access the records of the DFP even as late as after working hours and she even called to ask the reporter yesterday if she could wait beyond working hours to allow the newspaper conduct the search.