—-The Southern African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has castigated the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) for playing double standards for its move to expel Itezhi-tezhi Member of Parliament (MP), Greyford Monde, and yet it strongly criticized the then former ruling party, MMD and now the ruling PF.
SACCORD Information Officer, Obby Chibuluma, condemned in strongest terms the decision by the (UPND) to chase its Itezhi-Tezhi parliamentarian, Mr Monde from the party.
Mr Chibuluma says much as it is justifiable for any political party to discipline its erring member/s, the UPND leadership should have also considered the costs involved in holding by-elections.
Mr Chibuluma was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today.
Mr Chibuluma said it is unfortunate that the UPND wants to cause unnecessary by-elections when the general elections are coming in 2016.
“It is very unfortunate that yet again and within a short period of time, we can have another by election in itezhi-tezhi. UPND is playing double standards by going head expelling Mr Monde from the party,” Mr Chibuluma said.
He called on UPND president, Hakainde Hichilema, and the entire National Management Committee (NMC) executive to rescind its decision and allow Mr Monde to complete his term of office.
He said doing so would allow the intended resources meant for the by-elections to be channelled and spent on other key sectors of the economy.
The UPND’s NMC yesterday expelled Mr. Monde who was recently appointed Agriculture Deputy Minister by President Michael Sata.
The NMC has expelled Monde for, among other reasons, gross misconduct, failure to carry out party duties in the constituency, destabilizing, putting the name of the party into disrepute and issuing sensitive statements to the Patriotic Front Government contrary to laid-down procedures of UPND.