By KETRA KALUNGA
IT is sheer malicious propaganda to suggest that corporate companies were funding the PF through the Daily Nation Newspaper because no serious organization would fund political activities using a private newspaper, leader of the opposition in parliament, Brian Mundubile has said.
Mr Mundubile said the funding claims were all schemes of ‘jealousy’ competitors, saying that it was incomprehensible to suggest that the Daily Nation, an independent private newspaper was being used as a conduit of the funds.
He dismissed social media reports that PF was being funded by Shoprite, Zambia Sugar PLC and Indo Zambia Bank.
Mr Mundubile said the companies had been in operation way before the PF came into government.
“The reports that the three corporate organisations have pledged about $10 million funding to the party are unfounded,” he said.
Mr Mundubile said it was uncalled for to bring the names of the corporate organisations that have been providing employment to a lot of people in the country into disrepute by insinuating that they were funding the PF on the pretext that they believed that their policies were better than those of the UPND administration.
“Those stories are unfounded, we don’t have any such relationships with those organisations. It is therefore not true that we are getting funding support from those organisations. All those publishing such fabricated stories should check their facts,” he said.
Mr Mundubile said as a party they are not aware of any such assistance from the corporate organisations.
And Mr Mundubile refuted claims that the Daily Nation newspaper is funded by the PF because it’s a professional organisation that has been in existence for a long time.
He said the Daily Nation is an independent newspaper and covers both those in the ruling and the opposition just as they did when the PF was in government.
“The Daily Nation is a newspaper that is independent and has been in existence for some time now. They are very professional so insinuations that it’s a PF newspaper is total rubbish,” he said.