THE UNITED PARTY FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT in the Western says it will soon institute investigations into reasons behind the spate of induced resignations and local government by-elections in the region which if left unchecked has the capacity to derail the party’s focus.
Party interim Provincial Chairman Kapelwa Mbangweta says the massive buying of UPND councillors in the province deemed as one of the poorest in the country leading to by-elections instead of development is very unfortunate and his interim committee will look at ways to bring the trend to a stop.
“The reason why we have been appointed is to try to find the contradiction that has arisen in the province where our councillors have been defecting to the ruling PF leading to endless by-elections. After we have established the cause for this, then we will call for intra-party elections in the province so that the party can grow,” Mr. Mbangweta told a media briefing this morning.
He wondered as to why the people of Western province would be blinded to unsustainable hand-outs from the ruling party when they had no basic needs such as electricity, water and food and added that the 35 PF instigated by-elections in the province since 2016 were a drain on the country’s meagre resources.
He said it was ill-timing for the PF to prioritize buying opposition councillors when the country urgently needed resources to combat the insurgent COVID-19 whose national tally have now hit 74 by press time.
Last week, UPND Chairman for Elections Gary Nkombo announced the dissolution of the Musangu Njamba led Western Provincial Executive Committee and replaced it with an interim committee to superintend over party activities in readiness for intra-party elections to be held in the province soon.
@ UPND MEDIA TEAM