UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) vice president for politics Dr Canisius Banda says the departure of former vice president for administration Richard Kapita to the Patriotic Front (PF) is a priceless gift on a free golden platter to restructure the party and do better.
In his Face-Book posting, Dr Banda said people in the UPND should not become too defensive by saying that the departure of Mr Kapita was good riddance stating that it would be a mistake.
“Mr Kapita’s departure is a grand opportunity for learning and renewal in the UPND. We, in the UPND should not become too defensive by saying that it is good riddance. That would be a mistake,” he said.
Dr Banda said that Mr Kapita’s departure was based on a personal desire to reorder his life.
“And I still believe that there is a role for dissent/opposition in life. For as long we remain incapable of holding a view opposed to our own we must saddle others with this vital responsibility,” he said.
Dr Banda said the UPND should emerge stronger now saying Mr Kapita deserves the gratitude from the party.
We, in the UPND should not become too defensive by saying that it is good riddance. That would be a mistake,” he said.
“Let Mr Kapita go, and may God go with him wherever he goes. We pray that wherever he goes, he will always remember to touch other people’s lives, that he will work for the security of others for therein lies his own,”he stated
And Speaking to QFM, Dr Banda described the defection of its vice president for administration Richard Kapita to the ruling PF as an opportunity to grow stronger.
Dr Banda said that Mr. Kapita’s departure has also created room for the party to renew itself and get better.
Dr. Banda has told Qfm News that what Mr. Kapita has left in the UPND is a vacancy and not a vacuum.
He saod that his party will in due course have Mr. Kapita replaced.
The UPND vice president for politics however thinks that Mr. Kapita’s decision to leave the UPND for ruling PF is personal and he should be thanked and respected in return, adding that ys the UPND thinks that such a decision is in keeping with Democracy and is not at variance with country’s national law because Mr. Kapita is merely expressing a fundamental freedom of associating with a political party of his choice.
Dr. Banda stated that the UPND now has a grand opportunity to learn and to restructure.
He said that this is why the UPND takes Mr. Kapita’s departure as bases for gratitude to him as has it has presented a chance the party to perform better in future.