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Cut of my Head if we change our UPND Candidate for Kabwata By Elections, says Katuka

Feature Politics Cut of my Head if we change our UPND Candidate for Kabwata...

United Party for National Development (UPND) national chairman Steven Katuka has dismissed as nonsensical insinuations by some political opponents that the party wants to change its Kabwata parliamentary candidate because Andrew Tayengwa is unpopular.

Mr. Katuka who spoke to QFM radio station accused the opposition Patriotic Front (PF) of spreading the propaganda because it is scared of the UPND candidate, and has since offered to have his head cut off if the party changes its Kabwata parliamentary candidate Andrew Tayengwa.

Mr. Katuka said that the party did its homework before adopting Mr. Tayengwa and that the party is ready to accept the outcome of the by-election as it has done in the past elections.

Mr Katuka is, however, optimistic that the party will emerge victorious once the election is held.

And Christian Coalition president Charles Mwape has charged that any political party that will change its candidate for the Kabwata by-election should be held responsible for the cancellation of the by-election.

Professor Mwape said that reports suggesting the change of candidate are unfortunate and should not be tolerated and recommended that going forward, any political party whose candidate withdrawal from the race should be given the responsibility of printing the ballot papers and paying fresh nomination fees.

United Progressive Party –UPP- Kabwata parliamentary candidate Francis Libanda
United Progressive Party –UPP- Kabwata parliamentary candidate Francis Libanda

Meanwhile, former United Progressive People (UPP) Kabwata parliamentary candidate Francis Libanda has rubbished accusations suggesting that was paid by the ruling UPND to withdraw from the by-election, a move that necessitated the cancellation of the election by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).

Mr. Libanda said that as much as he regrets the cost implications of his action to the nation, especially that the ballot papers have arrived in the country, at no time in his life has he been associated with the UPND which is being accused of paying him to withdraw from the race.

Speaking when he addressed a media briefing in Lusaka today, Mr. Libanda said that the decision to withdraw from the race was born out of his desire to have a clean conscience, stating that it beats his conscience to think that he should have participated in an election process that is shrouded in corruption.

Mr. Libanda said that the reason he pulled out is that one of the candidates was reported to the drug enforcement commission (DEC) by his political party official for money laundering, while another candidate his own party officials questioned his credentials, to the extent of petitioning his adoption to contest the by-election.

20 COMMENTS

  1. It’s a shame that such requests are not legally enforceable. Why not suggest that you will publicly cut off your dangling bits the day after nominations close and sign a binding deed of assignment to all your worldly assets if you fail to do so?

  2. Why do you even respond to the PF psychological warafare that UPND induced the cancellation of Kabwata bye elections and they are changing their candidate. Don’t even respond to their lies that is the business they are in , that is PF modus operandi, you have forgotten the fake opinion polls they fabricated before August 12,saying they were winning the polls by 70%, they are playing the exact game in Kabwata, but they don’t know that Zambians are sharp

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  3. PF are proven liars, that is not in dispute. Did they not lie that they were winning the August 12 elections. Same language in Kabwata, surely, no lessons learnt

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  4. Katuka should stop this nonsense of swearing before God like PF used to to do! Do politicians learn? Why do this he should just wait

  5. UPP candidate is not UPND.So stop blaming
    Everything on UPND.ECZ is just following
    The laid down constitution .Let’s wait for
    Elections to see if PF is popular in kabwata.

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  6. Henry he is unwell that is why alesabayila uyo. Why would I dirten my knife with blood cutting of an ugly head like his

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  7. Mr. Libanda said that the reason he pulled out is that one of the candidates was reported to the drug enforcement commission (DEC) by his political party official for money laundering, whie another candidate his own party officials questioned his credentials, NOT CONVINCING AT ALL. IF YOUR OPPONENT IS REPORTED TO THE DEC WOULD THAT BE THE REASON FOR YOU TO WITHDRAW? FRANCIS YOU CAN DO BETTER.

  8. Suppose the candidate is changed, what excuse will Katuka give to save his head from being separated from his body?

  9. CUT OFF MY HEAD ?? CUT MY FINGER OFF ?? CUT MY PENIS OFF
    THESE ARE OUR POLITICANS REALLY ?????????
    USELESS UNEDUCATED GOONS

  10. Staking his head is higher than the balls and their associated lower body parts those PF were staking last time. Therefore, there is another ace up UPND’s sleeve.

  11. “cut off my head if … .” This can only come from a politician who has never engaged his brain cells in the last 10 years. We know the script. The UPND candidate will come forward and announce that due to family pressure he is no longer available. UPND will then announce that as their preferred candidate is no longer available they have no choice but to come up with an alternative candidate. Either that scenario or ACC is still cooking up some charges for the PF candidate.

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