CONFUSION yesterday erupted after opposition Forum for Democracy and
Development (FDD) presented two adoption certificates to returning officer Samuel Phiri for Chipata mayoral election slated for August 11th.
The confusion started after Oswald Mphande, a well known Chipata resident had earlier presented an original adoption certificate to returning officer at the Chipata Municipal Council chamber were filing in of nominations for mayoral were taking place.
But after, Mr Mphande had presented his purportedly original adoption certificate, a group of FDD officials led by national chairperson Portipher Chungu disputed the adoption of Mr Mphande on mayoral election as fake and fraud.
Mr Chungu was forced to call FDD national secretary Nathan Mulonga to make it clear to the returning officer that the person which the party had adopted was Mailess Phiri.
TMr Phiri who was seeking clarification from FDD gave Ms Phiri a go ahead to file in her nomination papers for the mayoral election.
In an interview after the confusion, Mr Chungu said no one gave Mr Mphande an adoption certificate although it was looking original.
He said Mr Mphande committed a punishable offence by purporting that he had been adopted by the party whilst not.
“Actually I am going to report him (Mr Mphande) to police for fraud. I am very disappointed that he can act in such a manner. He was even telling me that he is going to de-campaign me in the Chipata Central since I am standing,” he said.
By press time, FDD were in chambers concluding the file in nominations while United Party for National Development (UPND) candidate for mayoral election Musa Nyirenda had already concluded.