Former First Lady Dr Maureen Mwanawasa is not a member of the opposition UPND, Former Special Assistant to the President for Policy and Project Implementation and Monitoring Jack Kalala has clarified.
And some intelligence reports indicate that the ruling PF on Wednesday approached Dr Mwanawasa with the intention of adopting her as the party’s candidate for the Lusaka Mayoral by election following the death of incumbent Wilson Kalumba.
In the 2015 and 2016 elections, Dr Mwanawasa heavily campaigned for UPND candidate Hakainde Hichilema and even ran for the office of Mayor in Lusaka on the UPND ticket in the 2016 general elections ending up as runner up to Mr Kalumba.
Mr Kalala who worked under late President Levy Mwanawasa was reacting to some reports alleging that the former first lady had revealed in a tweet the reasons she had resigned from UPND.
The reports alleged that Dr Mwanawasa left the UPND because she was sexually discriminated against by the party.
But in a statement, Mr Kalala stated that the former first lady had posted no such tweet and that the alleged tweet and what it stated were just a malicious fabrication by ill-intentioned people with a view to mislead the people of Zambia and to tarnish the name of the former first lady.
Mr. Kalala said the hundreds of her Tweeter followers can confirm that no such tweet had been posted on her social media.
“She could not have accused UPND to having discriminated against her when the party had adopted her in 2016 to be its candidate for the position of executive mayor for the city of Lusaka that would have carried a lot of challenging responsibilities. She greatly appreciated and considered the gesture to be an honour and a privilege,” Mr Kalala said.
He said the true position is that she has decided to lay down her political gloves to concentrate on social and community work, which she has always cherished and which is equally of national importance.
“Therefore from now until further notice, she remains non-partisan but patriotic to mother Zambia,” Mr Kalala said.
And some intelligence reports indicate that the ruling PF on Wednesday approached Dr Mwanawasa with the intention of adopting her as the party’s candidate for the Lusaka Mayoral by election.
The reports indicate that Dr Mwanawasa was initially offered a job by President Lungu to head the Zambian mission in Canada before he eventually appointed Mr Felix Mfula who accepted the job.
“Initially they wanted her to go to Canada as Head of Mission there but they now want her to contest the position of Lusaka Mayor on the PF meeting. The meeting took place yesterday,” an intelligence source said.