Pact has failed to agree on cabinet—Lwebesha

THE United Party for National Development (UPND) and Patriotic Front (PF) national leaders are failing to agree on the composition of cabinet if they were voted into office, a former UPND official has said.

Robert Lwebesha, who until last month was a UPND Copperbelt Province management committee trustee, said in a walk-in interview at the Times offices in Ndola that there was widespread disillusionment among the rank-and-file members of the two opposition parties as the top leadership kept pulling in different directions.

But UPND Copperbelt Province chairperson, Elisha Matambo dismissed the claims and said the pact on the Copperbelt and elsewhere was intact and ready to form the next government.

Mr Matambo said the pact was not wrangling over who would make cabinet because the members of the two parties were not in politics to fight for positions.

Mr Lwebesha, a son of Senior Chief Mushili of the Lamba people in Ndola rural, said the disagreements on who should form cabinet if the UPND and PF won next year’s general elections had scuttled plans by the two parties to consolidate their manifestos before the proposed launch of their pact next month.

Mr Lwebesha said there was a possibility that the pact would entertain a bloated cabinet if it were voted into power. He wondered why the PF and UPND leaders had kept opposing the MMD Government over the current size of Cabinet.

He also denied he was a member of the newly-formed National Restoration Party (NAREP) despite attending the launch at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka last month.

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