The ruling MMD in Kasama District have castigated Anti Voter Apathy Project (AVAP) coordinator Kelly Kashiwa for alleging that the ruling party is involved in electoral malpractices ahead of the October 15 Kasama Central by-election.
MMD Kasama Central constituency Chairman Nathan Ilunga has described Mr. Kashiwa’s allegations as highly irresponsible and baseless.
Mr. Ilunga accused the AVAP provincial coordinator of being biased in his claims that the MMD was buying voters’ cards from electorates as he did not consult the ruling party over the matter.
He has challenged Mr. Kashiwa to come out in the open and declare his support for a named opposition political party, which he has allegedly aligned himself with.
Mr. Ilunga also charged that Mr. Kashiwa has failed to publicly condemn the alleged tribal remarks by PF aspiring candidate Geoffrey Mwamba, but has instead chosen to divert people’s attention by talking about what he termed irrelevant issues.
He advised AVAP to concentrate on its civic duties instead of taking a partisan approach to political issues that would undermine its credibility as an organization.
Mr. Ilunga warned Mr. Kashiwa to stop his unwarranted attacks on the MMD or risk being exposed over his double standards in the on-going campaigns for the Kasama Central by-election.
In a press statement issued yesterday, AVAP provincial coordinator Kelly Kashiwa alleged that the MMD was buying voters’ cards from people in Kasama Central constituency in order to disefranchise them.
Mr. Kashiwa further accused some teachers of campaigning for a particular aspiring candidate contesting the October 15 Kasama Central by-election.