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UPND top gun quits

FROM Left: Patriotic Front (PF) national security chairman Stephen Kampyongo, party national chairman Ng’onga Mukupa, Mbabala Member of Parliament Ephraim Belemu, Lusaka lawyer Arnold Chikoli and former United Party for National Development (UPND) spokesperson Charles Kakoma in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: COLLINS PHIRI

KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka
THE United Party for National Development (UPND) has suffered a huge blow in its quest to form government in the August 12 general elections following the resignation of party big shot Mbabala Member of Parliament Ephraim Belemu.
Mr Belemu’s resignation follows hot on the heels of another UPND stalwart, Charles Kakoma, who left the party to join the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).
In crossing over to the PF, Mr Belemu, regarded as one of the most solid UPND MPs, cited a plethora of reasons, among them betrayal and deceit in the biggest opposition party.
Zambia goes to the polls on August 12, with the PF trying to extend its rule since 2011 under the backdrop of a massive infrastructure development programme and pro-poor policies while the UPND will be attempting to win power at the seventh time of asking since forming the party in 1998.

“I kept the side of my bargain, but they have not kept theirs. I entered politics to champion a cause. And for me as an individual when that cause has been betrayed, it doesn’t matter how many pieces of silver, I always change course. And this time, I feel that cause has been betrayed by the UPND and CLICK TO READ MORE




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