By Bright Chikele:
THE United Party for National Development (UPND) in its current form has no capacity to turn Zambia’s economic fortunes because it has been invaded by the infamous cartel that colonised the ruling party in its first three years in Government, Panji Kaunda has charged.
Colonel Kaunda said the UPND had been hijacked by the cartel that only a few years ago branded the opposition party a Bantustan party whose aim he said, was to suppress all freedoms and rights of citizens.
Col. Kaunda said the people of Eastern Province had decided to support President Edgar Lungu and that a group called ‘‘Kum’mawa for Edgar Lungu’’ had been formed to sensitise the region to turn up in large numbers in the general elections next month to improve the rural vote and defend the presidency.
Col. Kaunda, who is ‘‘Kum’mawa for Edgar Lungu’’ leader, said the people of Southern Province had shown that they would continue to increase the number of votes for Hakainde Hichilema, the UPND presidential running mate, and it was important for Eastern Province to emulate their counterparts in the Southern region.