UPND National Chairperson Mutale Nalumango has made a passionate appeal to members of the opposition party to support its adopted candidate for the Chilanga by election Charmaine Mehl Musonda, the woman who was recently acquitted of jointly killing a security guard with lover Keith Mukata.
The UPND on Monday unveiled Mrs. Musonda as its candidate for the Chilanga seat which fell vacant after the nullification of the seat by Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini following Mr Mukata’s conviction and sentencing for murder.
During the court hearing, Mrs. Musonda opted to remain silent and was later acquitted due to lack of evidence although witness testimony delivered in court say that she was present on the scene of the crime.
The decision to adopt her has however displeased a number of UPND members with some taking to Facebook to question the party leadership over the decision.
Some believe that the adoption of a person who just came back from prison and was known to be sleeping with Mr Mukata, a married man has effectively handed the seat to the PF.Some have even vowed to go ahead and vote for the PF as a protest over the adoption of Mrs Musonda.
Others believe that the adoption was a miscalculation on the part of the National Management Committee saying the party could have settled for other members who had shown interest in contesting the seat.
But Mrs. Nalumango has assured the members that Mrs. Musonda’s adoption was arrived at after she beat all the other applicants during the primaries.
She said the party in Chilanga and across the country should rally behind her and support her during the campaigns.
Mrs. Nalumango clarified that the party leadership at national level had nothing to do with the adoption process as it was left purely in the hands of the local structures in Chilanga.
The UPND National Chairperson has since urged the party members in Chilanga to come forward in party regalia on Thursday and support Mrs. Musonda as she files in her adoption papers on Thursday.