THE recently formed alliance between the UPND, the Rainbow Party and Fred M’membe who is Post Newspaper owner is politically unholy because it has been crafted with the single purpose of ousting the Patriotic Front (PF) from government, Jean Kapata has said.
Ms Kapata has however declared that it did not matter how many alliances were formed against President Edgar Lungu and the PF they were not going to succeed because Zambians had resolved to re-elect the Head of State because he had demonstrated that he can be trusted with the affairs of the State.
Ms Kapata, who is PF elections chairperson, said Hakainde Hichilema had traded his political soul with the support of Mr M’membe and Wynter Kabimba who she accused of having attempted to take over the leadership of the ruling party during the reign of late president Michael Sata.
She said the support Mr Hichilema was getting from Mr M’membe was with conditions and that it would be tragic for Zambia if the UPND was elected into government because the power to run State affairs would yet again be in the wrong hands.
She said it was not surprising that the Rainbow Party, the Post Newspaper and the Orange Alliance led by Matero PF member of Parliament Miles Sampa had ganged up against President Lungu because the Head of State had resisted to bow down and be dictated to by those who have over the years manipulated State institutions. The Post Newspaper reported yesterday that its editor-in-chief M’membe had volunteered to join the team of lawyers that would be representing UPND vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba.
But Ms Kapata said the fact that Mr M’membe had decided to join a defence team for Mr Mwamba was a clear sign that the press freedom and freedom of expression legal expert had subtly become a sympathizer of the UPND.
“Would one be surprised at this stage that Mr M’membe who aggressively demonized Mr Mwamba and branded the UPND a bantustan group is now politically flirting with the same people he called tribal and corrupt?
‘‘Their alliance is unholy and meant to remove President Lungu and the PF from government.
Mr Hichilema has traded his political soul with the people who love power by holding hostage those with political power and should Mr Hichilema mistakably be elected President, he should know that he will not be the one running the country,” Ms Kapata said. She said Mr M’membe, Mr Hichilema and Mr Kabimba were bitter that President Lungu had refused to be manipulated or blackmailed into forming alliances with people whose interest was to see Zambia become ungovernable.
Ms Kapata recalled that a number of State institutions such as the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), the police including the judiciary and others were being manipulated and used to settle political scores by a known group of people.
She warned that Zambians should be wary of the relationship between the UPND, the Rainbow Party, the Post Newspaper and the Orange Alliance because the people involved did not mean anything good to the country.