President Banda has blood on his hands, west MPs advise HH

Western province UPND MPs and officials have told the leader Hahkainde Hichilema that president Rupiah Banda has got blood on his hands and forming an alliance with him is wrong.
And UPND has set March 19, 2011, as the date for launching their presidential and parliamentary campaigns for this year’s general elections.
The Western party leadership was forced to meet Hichilema after revelations that he could be interested in partnering with the ruling party if he was given the vice-presidency and key ministries.
The MPs, led by UPND vice president Francis Simenda, the former MP for Mongu Central have told Hichilema that President Banda has blood on his hands following the death of two youths during the Barotseland upheavals a few months ago.
They said due to the continued incarceration of Barotseland separation advocates by government, candidates who would stand on the MMD/UPND alliance would lose in the province.
Francis Simenda is the owner of Radio Lyambai which was closed on allegations of fueling violence during the Barotseland separation events.
The Western province team has advised Hichilema to proceed with next Saturday’s launch of his presidential campaign.
The Watchdog has inside information that the UPND has set next Saturday to launch the campaign dubbed the ‘the real change’ at Mulungushi conference centre in Lusaka.

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