Patriotic Front Information Committee Member Sunday Chanda has said that the resignation of Lusaka Province Minister Obbious Mwaliteta, and possible defection to United party for national Development (UPND), is out of frustration caused by his ineligibility to recontest the the Kafue Parliamentary seat because he does not have a Grade 12 certificate.
In a statement released to the media, Mr Chanda said that it was unacceptable that Mr Mwaliteta must vent his annoyance on the PF when he was part of the legislators who passed the 2015 Amended Constitution Bill which was later assented to by Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu in line with the promise he made to the Zambian people.
In bidding farewell to Mr Mwaliteta, Mr Chanda said that Mr Mwaliteta still had the opportunity to upgrade on his academics to meet the benchmark set by Zambians of their elected representatives.
Below is the full statement
MR. OBBIOUS MWALITETA’S INABILITY TO RECONTEST KAFUE CONSTITUENCY SHOULD BE BLAMED ON HIMSELF, NOT PF, HE’S FREE TO GO
Lusaka, Zambia, 13th March 2016 – We find it extremely laughable that former Lusaka Province Minister Hon. Obbious Mwaliteta has opted to defect to the Opposition UPND out of frustration considering that he is barred to recontest the Kafue Parliamentary seat by the amended Constitution of Zambia which prescribes for a minimum Grade 12 certificate or its equivalent.
It is unacceptable that he must vent his annoyance on the PF when he was part of the legislators who passed the 2015 Amended Constitution Bill which was later assented to by Republican President His Excellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu in line with the promise he made to the Zambian people. While his bitterness is misdirected, he is free to go and join the Opposition UPND of Mr Hakainde Hichilema or indeed Rainbow Party of Mr Wynter Kabimba. In bidding farewell to him, it is our earnest belief that unless he is uneducable, Hon Mwaliteta still had the opportunity to upgrade on his academics to meet the benchmark set by Zambians of their elected representatives.
In the days, weeks and months to follow, Zambians will witness the re-birth of the desperate cartel which has gone to bed with UPND. The Cartel, to which UPND belongs, seeks to pin down His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s democratically elected Government. They have continued to vilify President Lungu through their appendages who line up for headlines on a daily basis.
While Mr Hichilema’s desperation led him to render a public apology to the Post Newspaper, Zambians know that President Lungu and PF have taken a principled stance not to betray the people of Zambia by going to bed with the cartel. To this day, Mr Hichilema sees nothing wrong with the DBZ loan and remains conveniently opposed to the Mutembo Nchito Tribunal because that is what expediency demands of him. It does not matter to him that at one point UPND youths clashed with the Police after demonstrating over the suspended DPP Mutembo Nchito. UPND MPs are today made to celebrate the same man they rejected to ratify less than four (4) years ago. Mr Hichilema can no longer talk about the DBZ loan because he has traded principle for expedience.
This is happening because their leader has traded principle for expediency, wrongly believing that the cartel will catapult him into State House. Mr Hichilema does not realize that by being a flip flop, he has injured society, the same society where the mandate to govern is derived from.
Lastly, the political marriage to which UPND now belongs has been created by the Cartel and in the nature and likeness of the Cartel. This is the same Cartel that attempted but failed to usurp the Presidency during and after the demise of late President Michael Sata.
This is the reason why Zambians believe that the UPND leadership of Hakainde Hichilema has defiled itself by sleeping with the Cartel. UPND is now a poisoned chalice. In this regard, we wish Mr Mwaliteta the best of luck with his new found political family.
Issued by: Sunday Chilufya Chanda, PF Information Committee