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UNIP stalwart calls for convention

UNIP Cadres sing during a rally in Lusaka’s Chawama township. PICTURE: CHANDA MWENYA

KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka
A GROUP of United National Independence Party (UNIP) in Kafue district has called on the leadership to hold a convention to vote for vibrant minds to resuscitate the former ruling party.

The group, which is led by former central committee member Beatrice Kayuni, said in an interview during the week that holding a convention to elect new leaders is the view of all party members in the 10 provinces.
“The party is dwindling and things in the party have stopped moving, the leadership that we have is not vibrant enough, especially those in the central committee. We need a central committee that will come and re-organise the party,” she said.
She said there is need to engage people that understand the party’s socialist agenda.
“We have to go back to the levels that the party was, we liberated Zambia but today the party has nothing to talk about. Our performance in the elections has continued to go down,” she said.
Ms Kayuni said the party is slowly losing members to new political parties.
“I’m a member of UNIP but because of what has been going on, I decided to support another political party which won where I worked with them,” she said.
And when contacted for a comment, UNIP deputy secretary-general Alfred Banda dismissed the claims by Ms Kayuni, saying that the party is intact and does not need to go for a convention.
“The party is well-managed under the leadership of Tilyenji Kaunda, we have a vibrant programme of mobilising party members,” he said.
Rev Banda said the party has performed fairly well contrary to assertions that it had failed in past elections.

 



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