By Nation Reporter
OPPOSITION United Democratic Front (UDF) is a dying horse, UDF Copperbelt provincial vice-chairperson Albert Mando has said.
But UDF Copperbelt provincial chairman Dickson Ngandwe said the party was intact and those issuing statements against the party were PF members masquerading as UDF.
Mr Mando, who has been accused of sending SMS to all party members and officials to tell them that there was no UDF in the region denied the accusations, saying the accusations were the last kicks of a dying horse.
“All those accusations that I have been sending SMS to UDF officials and members are just last kicks of a dying horse. When I say a dying horse, I mean UDF,” Mr Mando said.
When asked whether he was suspended over the allegations of sending SMS to party officials over the alleged demise of UDF, Mr Mando said he had not received any official communication from the party.
And some UDF officials in the lower structures of the party said the party had crumbled because its president Miles Sampa had not consulted them over his decision to form an alliance with UPND.
The party officials, who were in support of Mr Mando, said they were not happy that Mr Sampa decided to form an alliance with UPND without consulting them.
“It would have been better for Miles Sampa to consult us before forming an alliance with UPND, instead of just dragging us to UPND. If he had consulted us, we would have told him to take a low profile and prepare the party for 2021, instead of forming an alliance with UPND.
“The decision by Mr Sampa has not gone well among most of us, and this is the reason why some of us are supporting Mr Mando,” said some UDF constituency leaders in Kamfinsa and Wusakile.
But Mr Ngandwe said the party was intact and those issuing statements against the party were PF members pretending to be UDF members.
He said UDF structures at all levels on the Copperbelt were intact and operational, adding that people were busy working on the ground doing the campaigns for the party candidates participating in the August 11 elections.