Some opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Councilors in Mazabuka district are bitter with their National Management Committee (NMC) for stopping them from attending President Rupiah Banda’s meeting when he visited the district last week.
Speaking to ZANIS the councilors complained that it was sad to note that the National Management Committee (NMC) of the UPND decided to stop them from welcoming President Banda when he had traveled for a developmental meeting.
The civic leaders, who did not want to be named for fear of victimization, urged their party authorities to differentiate between politics and development.
The civic leaders charged that they were threatened with expulsion from the party if they disobeyed the party directives.
They wondered how they would now explain issues such as the construction of a high school in Magoye constituency and the upgrading of the Mazabuka District Hospital into a general hospital to their wards.
But UPND Mazabuka District chairperson, Lloyd Buumba saidthat there was nothing he could do because the instructions came from the supreme organ of the party.
Mr Buumba however argued that the meeting which President Banda addressed was political because it took place at Chief Mwanachingwala’s palace.
During the visit to Chief Mwanachingwala’s palace, President Banda announced that his government would this year construct a new high school in Magoye constituency and upgrade Mazabuka district hospital into a general hospital.
He also assured Chief Mwanachingwala that boreholes would be sunk in areas that are faced with serious water problems.