COPPERBELT UPND chairperson Elisha Matambo has charged that the ruling Patriotic Front is suffering from popularity crisis, and on a crusade to buy opposition councillors in the province.
Matambo has since advised the 51 UPND ccouncillors to get the money from the PF but remain loyal to the people who elected them.
“We are aware that the PF mob that traverses the republic to look for UPND councillors to buy, is currently on the Copperbelt with a mission to buy our Lambaland councillors. They are offering huge sums of money to buy off our local government elected representatives in order to create an impression that UPND is in a crisis and thereby cause expensive and unnecessary by-elections, that they will heavily rig to massage an ego that their popularity on the Copperbelt is surging. Nothing can be further from the truth,” he said.
“Lambaland is a UPND stronghold with four constituencies namely, Mpongwe, Masaiti, Lufwanyama and Kafulafuta; and we have a total of 51 councillors in the entire Copperbelt. The PF are aware of our strength on the Copperbelt rural, and are therefore intent on destabilising our structures with stolen money from civil servants’ unremitted dues to various banks, which they are converting for these corrupt expeditions.”
Matambo said people already knew about PF weaknesses.
“Our mission in Lambaland and the rest of the Copperbelt is clear, solid, complete and compelling and that is to liberate Zambia from the injustices, corruption, mediocrity and incompetence of the PF administration. Lambaland is therefore not for sale to the highest bidder and our councillors there must choose patriotism above self-interest and PF patronage that only seeks temporary economic relief,’’ said Matambo. “Like our Malawian brothers and sisters, let us resist temptation and look at the bigger picture of social and economic justice and emancipation of our people from the shackles of the PF corruption, tribalism, violence and incompetence. This is not the time to surrender our conscience and sell our birthright and democratic values to the plunderers and thieves of our economic and mineral wealth which they have sold to foreigners for a song. We must refuse and reject to be part of this filthy legacy, for the sake of our children and future generations.”