UPND vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba says it was wrong for party secretary general Steven Katuka to suspend Kasama District party chairman Jairos Tembo without consulting him, adding that such disorganisation is what has caused the opposition party failure to win elections in 20 years.
And GBM, who is said to be in South Africa currently, says he made the UPND popular in Northern Province but that the party top leadership was now sidelining him for other people.
Speaking when he called in on a special program featuring UPND Kasama district officials on Radio Mano, Monday, GBM said he was not like former party vice president Canisius Banda who was sidelined in decision-making.
Confusion has erupted in the UPND after Kasama District Chairman Jairos Tembo suspended party provincial chairman Nathan Illunga, with the support of GBM. The Party’s top leadership however said the suspension of Illunga was not valid as Tembo had no power to do so, a reaction which angered GBM.
The former defence minister, whose attempt to succeed Michael Sata failed before joining UPND, has maintained that Illunga remains suspended and that anyone who wants to question the decision should approach him as vice-president.
UPND Secretary General Steven Katuka argues that Illunga is still provincial chairperson and that the Kasama district chairman, Tembo, is the one who is suspended.
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