THE OPPOSITION Alliance says it is saddened by a forged letter being circulated by the ruling PF attributed to hospitalised Mike Mulongoti claiming he has ditched the grouping.
The Opposition Alliance says it is insensitive and poor judgement for President Edgar Lungu and the PF to peddle propaganda in the name of a man who is unwell and bedridden for political capital.
In the letter which was published on PF Facebook page #Smart Eagles the author posing as All People’s Party president Mulongoti said he had diched the opposition alliance because it was only championing the agenda of the UPND.
In statement reacting to the fake letter, Alliance spokesperson Sean Tembo said Mulongoti’s condition had degenerated and was not in the condition to write such a “lengthy letter”.
“The Opposition Alliance is saddened by the increasing appetite of President Lungu and his PF party to use the sickness of President Mike Mulongoti, who is also Opposition Alliance member, for political propaganda purposes. Yesterday, the PF party official website known as “Smart Eagles” published a fake article allegedly penned by president Mike Mulongoti in which the publication claimed that he had withdrawn his party from the Opposition Alliance and instead joined the PF,” Tembo stated.
He stated that Mulongoti was readmitted to a hospital in South Africa about five days ago and his condition was not good enough and therefore was Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Tembo stated that the alliance had been in constant touch on a daily basis with Mulongoti’s wife and son who have refuted the fake letter saying “he is unable to write anything, let alone the long fake article that the PF party published on its official website and has been circulating all over social media.”
He stated that it was insensitive and poor judgement for President Lungu and the PF to peddle propaganda in the name of a man who is unwell and bedridden for political capital.
“We are fully aware that the Opposition Alliance has been giving President Lungu and his PF party sleepless nights and we are also fully aware that President Lungu’s desperation to undermine and destroy the Opposition Alliance keeps increasing every day, hence his previous quest to plant political moles within the Alliance, who were subsequently discovered and expelled. However, our appeal to President Lungu is that in the midst of his desperation about the Alliance, he must endeavor to practice decent politics by not dragging people who are bedridden in the ICU in his party’s propaganda efforts,” Tembo stated.
He stated that the opposition would always hold President Lungu accountable for the actions of his party officials until he made
pronouncement that he was not in control of his individual party officials.
“Until such a time, the Opposition Alliance shall always operate on the presumption that all the actions of PF party officials are motivated, orchestrated, directed and conceived by the PF party leader, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu,” stated Tembo.