THE United Party for National Development (UPND) has denied producing a campaign calendar containing the image of expelled MMD Lunte Member of Parliament Felix Mutati and described his explusion by the former ruling party as ‘‘dirty and unfair’’.
UPND vice president Canisius Banda said the UPND had not designed any official campaign calendar and that they were not aware of the one bearing the image of Mr Mutati.
Dr Banda said accusing the UPND of producing a calendar whose source was not clearly known was incorrect and misleading.
‘’I am not aware of any calendars that the UPND have produced, so whatever calendar the MMD is making reference to, to say it belongs to the UPND, is incorrect and misleading,” he said.
Dr Banda said the MMD’s decision to expel Mr Mutati based on allegations that his image appeared on a calendar was ‘‘dirty and unfair’’ adding that the decision was too harsh.
The UPND vice president described the expelled Lunte parliamentarian as a luminary and someone who most people in the country looked up to.
‘’If that is the ground for his expulsion then they are very flimsy and dirty; we know Mr Mutati as a luminary and a model that many Zambians look up to,‘’ Dr Banda said.
He explained that the harsh economic conditions in the country had compelled some Zambians to come up with different business ideas, saying such people were at liberty to design calendars and it was beyond anyone’s powers to stop them.
He said it was possible for any person to have come up with that calendar without the knowledge of the UPND.
‘’Citizens are at liberty to produce calendars; we live in a tough economic environment and people use their creative skills to make this and that, but that calendar is not officially from UPND.’’
He also explained that Mr Mutati remained a celebrated citizen and that the UPND would continue to view him as such.
The vice president said that it was his prayer that the battles Mr Mutati was going through would yield results which would not only benefit him but the country as well.
‘’We hold him in very high esteem and he remains a celebrated citizen and we will continue to view him as such; we pray that the battles that he is engaged in ultimately yield the kind of results that is beneficial not only to him but the country as well, ‘’ Dr Banda said.
He said Mr Mutati was a ‘‘friend of the citizens and the country at large’’ and that UPND could only wish him well.