By JACKSON MAPAPAYI
THE United Party for National Development (UPND) in Solwezi has unearthed a scam in which a group of individuals are shortlisting people faking that they will present the names for possible appointment by President Hakainde Hichilema.
UPND Solwezi district secretary, Amos Mpenge, claimed that some unscrupulous individuals were going round collecting names and hoodwinking the public that they would be appointed in various positions.
Mr Mpenge stated that appointments were a prerogative of the President and not any individual and that it was not a guarantee that every member of the party would be appointed to any position.
“So, as a party we want to distance ourselves from those individuals who are moving in the night shortlisting names that even if they are members of UPND, such an exercise has no blessings of the party,” Mr Mpenge said.
He said that the party has its own database but maintained that even those that are on the database were not guaranteed for appointment.
Meanwhile, Mr Mpenge has asked some opposition political parties to give time to the UPND to settle before implementing policies such as free education among others.
He said with the current budget cycle which the party has inherited, nothing much would change in terms of implementing UPND policies.
He said currently, the UPND was operating under the PF formulated national budget until October when the newly appointed Minister of Finance would now present a budget to parliament.
“Meaning that the fruits of the UPND policies will start being seen after October. So, let our colleagues be patient and give us time,” Mr Mpenge said.