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PF rubbishes UPND assertions on defections

RULING Patriotic Front (PF) has rubbished assertions by the UPND that its councilors who are resigning were being bought by the ruling party.
PF media director Sunday Chanda yesterday told Mazabuka Central MP Garry Nkombo that every councilor started with a dream to lead the people in their respective wards and contribute to improved service delivery.
He said the PF was of the view that this was a calling, first of all at individual-level while the party affiliation they chose to have it realized was therefore secondary and that the former UPND councilors in question chose to affiliate with UPND at the time because they deemed it as a reliable vehicle fit for purpose.
“It is common knowledge that this vehicle called UPND has clearly failed to take anyone to their desired destination, least of all the elected councilors and members of Parliament. It is a vehicle pushing in one regional direction to the exclusion of all others.
“This vehicle has not worked for them; it has failed them as it needs a complete overhaul, like a vehicle needing serious realignment and servicing for it to become functional again. Once more, we take great exception to the notion advanced by Gary Nkombo that UPND-elected officials are articles for hire and sale,” Mr. Chanda said.
He said this goes to show how much of low regard the UPND leadership had for its own officials and members.
“On the contrary, PF is an open church that holds the view that elected officials comprise of honorable men and women born free to exercise their democratic right and freedom of association with any political family of their choice.

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