UPND asks defence chiefs to explain what they told Scott

The opposition UPND has given Defence Chiefs an ultimatum of up to the end of the day tomorrow December 25th to publicize the details of their recent meeting with acting President Guy Scott.

And the UPND says it is mounting measures to counter the rigging which the PF plans to use in next month’s presidential election.

The opposition political party says much as it has become a well known fact that the Defence Chiefs did meet Dr. Scott at either State House or Government House; they should clear the speculations relating to the agenda of the meeting.

UPND Mazabuka Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo says the UPND is of the view that if what has been speculated in the media is true that the Defence Chiefs did force Dr. Scott to reconcile with PF president Edgar Lungu, they in effect committed a serious crime.

Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka this morning, Mr. Nkombo has stated that this crime could also translate into treason if properly interpreted by experts at law.

He says if indeed the Defence Chiefs intervened in a political party issue having had intelligence that there was going to be bloodshed on the day of filing nominations for the PF candidate had Dr. Scott not reconciled with Mr. Lungu, the Defence chiefs have actually acted as political cadres.

The UPND Mazabuka Member of Parliament who has not indicated what course of action his party will take if the Defence Chiefs do not respond to the ultimatum, has however hinted that once his party is voted in power in 2015 it will set up a commission of inquiry to establish what the defence chiefs discussed with Dr Scott.

He says the people of Zambia need to know the truth on what transpired during the said meeting which resulted in the reconciliation of rival groups in the ruling party.

And Mr. Nkombo has disclosed that following revelations that the ruling PF is preparing a rigging system ahead of the 2015 presidential election, the UPND is also preparing a counter anti-rigging system.

He says his party will not leave any chance for rigging in the forthcoming presidential election.

Mr. Mbombo’s media briefing was meant to address seven issues of concerns his party currently has ahead of the forthcoming poll and which among them included ZNBC’s alleged bias coverage, alleged politically inclined Judiciary and clarification on UPND President Hakainde Hichilema’s religion.

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