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UPND accused of abandoning losing candidates

By SANFROSSA MANYINDA

A UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) member on the Copperbelt has accused the party leadership of abandoning losing candidates in the August 2021 general election.

Pethias Mwelwa, a losing candidate for Musonda Ward in Kwacha Constituency, said the party had showed no interest working with the losing candidates.

Mr Mwelwa complained to the Daily Nation in an interview that the party had nothing to do with them after losing at different levels.

“The party leadership not even at provincial level approached us, as loosing candidates to comfort us or congratulate us for the efforts we made.

“Some of us risked and lost our jobs in the mines because we supported and belonged the UPND but all this is not important to them,” he complained. Mr Mwelwa said he lost his job at NFCA mine where he worked as a chef due to his political affiliation stating that efforts to seek help from his party, now in government proved futile as no one was willing to listen to him.

He said he had moved from office to office to lodge a complaint over his unfair dismissal, but to no avail.

Efforts to get a comment from UPND Copperbelt Provincial Chairman Elisha Matambo Failed by press time.

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