UPND Deputy Secretary General Getrude Imenda has issued a 24 hours ultimatum to former Copperbelt UPND Trustee Faith Mushongo, to retract a statement where she alleges that UPND President Hakainde Hichilema said the Party does not need a Bemba vote to win 2021 Presidential election.
In a press release this afternoon, Imenda warned that unless within 24hrs the statement is retracted or evidence availed that HH uttered the words, the UPND will commence legal proceedings against Mushongo.
Mushongo defected to the PF this afternoon claiming that she could not belong to a Party whose President said the UPND does not need the Bemba vote to win the 2021 Presidential election.
Below is the full statement from the UPND:
THE MORALLY BANKRUPT AND GREEDY CANNOT SURVIVE IN UPND
UPND takes greater exception on sentiments coming from its former Copperbelt provincial Trustee, Faith Mushongo, who has taken the bizzare path of casting our humble leader, President Hichilema’s image into ridicule.
It is so saddening that Ms Mushongo can sink so low as to start indulging in politics of hate, malice and name calling merely because of selfish gain.
We are aware as UPND that all those who have defected have been asked to read an already drafted statement to try to dent the image of the Party.
it is unfortunate that Ms Mushongo has fallen into the same trap she is aware of and agreed to even accuse President Hakainde Hichilema of having issued a tribal remark which only her and the PF know.
We will no longer accept anyone to defame our President deliberately and we are as a result giving Ms Mushongo twenty four hours to retract her statement failure to which we shall commence legal action.
We are aware that deep down her heart, Ms Mushongo knows how many times President Hichilema has talked about UPND unifying the country but because of her selfishness she has accepted to sacrifice her life to prove something that is false.
It is also unfortunate that Ms Mushongo has gone further to accuse the UPND of arming or planning to arm its youths with offensive weapons aimed at fanning violence which borders on state security. We challenge Ms Mushongo to prove this claim failure to which we shall commence legal action against her.
We also want to make it known that the UPND has never been against any individual leaving the party and Ms Mushongo is no exception.
That stated, we want to put it on record that never at any time has our humble and intelligent leader uttered sentiments bordering on UPND winning an election without the Bemba vote because he strongly believes in a unitary state in which all tribes co-exists and freely participates in the democratic dispensation of their country equitably.
If she thinks her departure from the UPND would have a negative impact on the wellbeing and growth of the party, she should take a leaf from the departure of GBM and learn that her decision is similar to moving from the flying pan into the fire.
Therefore, we wish Mushongo well in her future endeavor and political journey.
UPND is a party for loyal and patriotic citizens whose goal is to unite a better country with a happy citizenry.
Those that are selfish and want personal gain cannot last in UPND only the patriotic and selfless with a focus of serving the best interest of the country can survive.
Deputy Secretary General – Administration