The opposition UPND has charged that the high turnover of its vice-presidents cannot be faulted on party leader Hakainde Hichilema.
UPND Spokesman Charles Kakoma said reports being circulated on social media that the UPND has expelled five vice presidents from the party in less than 15 years are uniformed, misleading and mere PF propaganda.
Mr Kakoma gave a chronological account of the individuals who held the post of UPND Vice President and circumstances in which they left the UPND.
1. Mr Sakwiba Sikota left on his own after losing the UPND Presidential election race to Mr Hakainde Hichilema at the UPND convention or general assembly.
2. Mr Patrick Chisanga and Mr Bob Sichinga left on their own in the aftermath of the UPND convention. They were neither expelled from the party nor removed from their positions. Hon Sichinga later on changed his mind and came back to the UPND to campaign for HH in the 2016 presidential elections.
3. Mr Francis Simenda left on his own after being offered a position by PF as ambassador to Ethiopia. The PF cheated him and in less than six months, they dismissed him from his diplomatic job.
4. Mr Richard Kapita left on his own to campaign for the PF and Edgar Lungu. He was rewarded a position of provincial minister in the PF government.
5. Dr Cannisius Banda left in frustration after being left out as a running mate to HH. GBM was HH’s preferred running mate.
6. The National Management Committee of the UPND has passed a vote of no confidence in its vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and asked him to exculpate himself from allegations of gross misconduct. If he manages to successfully exculpate himself, he will not be disciplined.
7. The high turnover of UPND vice-presidents cannot be faulted on President Hakainde Hichilema. In some of the cases, the ruling party had its dirty hand in it.