UPND will not withdraw Impeachment Motion, assures Kakoma
By Staff Reporter
UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma says the propaganda which the ruling Patriotic Front has mounted against the opposition party is aimed at diverting people’s attention from the impeachment motion.
And Kakoma has vowed that despite threats to deregister the UPND, the impeachment motion will not be withdrawn from the House.
In a statement, Monday, Kakoma stated that it was ridiculous to accuse the UPND of bribing independent MPs with US$1 million each if they agreed to vote for the impeachment motion.
Kakoma also rubbished reports that his party had engaged a company called Cambridge Analitica to manipulate election results in 2016 saying it was the PF which rigged the polls.
“We wish to inform the nation that the UPND and other progressive forces will continue to pursue the motion to impeach Edgar Lungu. Although the motion was not debated on Wednesday last week because the Speaker’s office sat on it, the UPND will continue to apply pressure for the motion to be heard. We are aware that similar tactics used during the Presidential election petition are being used to stop the impeachment motion. The presidential election petition was not heard. Now they also want the impeachment motion not to be heard. This will not be allowed.
We are also noticing a trend where fake propaganda is being mounted against UPND in order to divert the attention of the people from the impeachment motion. Three days ago the nation was treated to the most unreasonable and wild allegations that the United Party for National Development had mobilised funds to bribe independent members of parliament to support the motion to impeach President Edgar Lungu from power prematurely,” Kakoma stated.
“The nation must have been awed by such baseless claims by the PF through David Sulubanje, who claims that UPND was offering US$1 million to each independent MP who would support the impeachment motion. These allegations are meant to divert the attention of the people from the real offences stipulated in the impeachment motion and make it look like the impeachment motion was sponsored by foreigners who funded UPND. It’s cheap propaganda,” he said.
“Similarly, propaganda is being amounted against UPND to the effect that the UPND contracted a company called Cambridge Analitica to manipulate election results in 2016 presidential elections. What nonsense!”.
It was the PF and its government that manipulated the election results using characters like a Ugandan called Chavula who was caught by UPND in the Electoral Commission of Zambia computer room manipulating results. We went to court to challenge Lungu’s election because we believed that the results were manipulated. The PF just watched on T.V. about Cambridge Analitica’s involvement in the USA elections and want to extend the argument to Zambia. It makes no sense.
We restate our position that these allegations are coming from crazy minds for it is indeed crazy for anyone to allege that one can bribe someone with US$1 million.”
He stated that if the UPND had such kind of money, it would be invested in other programmes Kakoma said.