UPND MPs deny MMD alliance; accuse VJ of desperation

United Party for National Development (UPND) Members of Parliament have rubbished reports that they are in support of an alliance with the ruling MMD.

Reacting to a story in yesterday’s Post newspapers headlined MMD, UPND in Alliance talks, during a press briefing in Lusaka today, UPND Kalomo Member of Parliament Request Muntanga described the story as baseless, malicious and untrue. Mr Mutanga who read a statement on behalf of the other MPs accused the Post of trying to jump on every opportunity to demean the UPND by publishing what he termed unsubstantiated reports.

He further accused the Post of deliberately choosing not to give the party any positive coverage. He says they will not stand by and watch the Post newspapers cause confusion. Mr. Muntanga says it is because of such reporting by some sections of the media that the UPND/PF pact was rocked with confusion recently.

Meanwhile, Mazabuka central member of parliament, Garry Nkombo has described parliamentary chief whip, Vernon Mwaanga’s invitation to the UPND to form an alliance with the ruling MMD as a last minute act of desperation.

Mr. Nkombo says Mr. Mwaanga has finally run out of ideas and is in a desperate state to do anything to win people over into the MMD. Meanwhile, Pemba Member of Parliament David Matongo any calculated and fixed moves to implicate him in the fabricated story will not bring him down.

And Mbabala MP Emmanuel Hachipuka says there is no price that can buy him off from the UPND because all he is interested in is seeing to it that the party president, Hakainde Hichilema is in power.

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