UPND claims PF plans to deregister it
The United Party for National Development (UPND) has claimed that the Patriotic Front government is planning to deregister it soon after the Lukulu west and Kapiri Mposhi by-elections.
Speaking at a Media briefing in Lusaka this morning, Party spokesperson Charles Kakoma said the PF want to create an impression that the UPND has been at the center of political violence that engulfed campaigns in Livingstone.
He said it is unfortunate that the PF is intending to implicate the opposition party in the violence and use it to ban the party.
Mr. Kakoma who is also Zambezi west Member of Parliament said such maneuvers will be met with intense resistance.
And party General Secretary Winston Chibwe has warned of stern action against UPND Members of Parliament who have allegedly been approached by the PF government for ministerial positions.
Mr. Chibwe said the party is aware that MPs have been offered jobs but that should they accept the offers, the party will not hesitate to expel them.
He said there are a number of people in various constituencies capable of running as Parliamentarians to replace those that will accept jobs offers from the PF.