President Edgar Lungu has told dismissed Patriotic Front (PF) media director Brian Hapunda that he is still a member of the PF despite differing with the party.The president told Hapunda at City airport in Lusaka today that he is still a member of the PF even though he had differed with secretary general Davies Chama.
“Mr Hapunda what is happening with your boss? But you are still a member of the party, it doesn’t mean when you differ then you cease to be a member of the party,” he said.
The president spoke to Hapunda when he was greeting people that had lined up to greet him.PF cadres later pounced on Hapunda who was whisked away by Lusaka province minister Obvious Mwaliteta.
The cadres demanded that Hapunda leave the airport a move he objected and subsequently annoyed the PF security.Mr Mwaliteta appealed to the PF security to stop embarrassing the party by engaging in the infighting.
PF secretary general Davies Chama yesterday dismissed Hapunda ordred him to surrender all party records and property in his possession.
“I wish to thank you sincerely for the services you rendered to the party as an employee and wishing you well in your future endeavours,” read the letter dated 1 June 2015.
The development came barely 24 hours after the Post newspaper published a leaked letter to President Edgar Lungu where Hapunda was explaining where he took campaign funds he got from Lusaka businessman Rajan Mahtan.
Hapunda told the president that he handed all the money he received from Mahtani to him and the first lady Esther Lungu and that he never pocketed any funds as alleged by some party members.
He further complained that State House aides were refusing him entry into the premises to seek audience with the president so as to explain what he was doing and what needed to be done in the party.