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THE Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has maintained that it will not attend the National Day of Prayer, Fasting and Reconciliation on Sunday.

UPND spokesperson, Charles Kakoma, told the Daily Nation that the party could not attend the prayers because some of its members were still being prosecuted.
“Many of our members are being prosecuted and that is the bottom line, no two ways about it. We are seeing real criminals being given nolle but have innocent people behind bars,” he said. Mr Kakoma said that the UPND would only begin to attend such programmes when all those that were wrongly arrested were set free.
He said the party also stood for others stating that it was not only party members that were suffering behind bars but that there were many other political prisoners that deserved to be set free.
UPND national chairperson, Mutale Nalumango, earlier this week said it would be an act of giving political prisoners a Judas kiss if the party went ahead to participate in the event.
Ms Nalumango said that UPND saw no convincing reason to attend the National Days of Prayers, Fasting and Reconciliation.


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