UPND resolves to pull out of PF pact

The United Party For National Development (UPND) has resolved to withdraw from the electoral pact with the Patriotic Front (PF).

Extremely  reliable UPND sources have revealed to the Watchdog that it is just a matter of time before the official announcement is made.

Sources say the party’ s National Executive Committee (NEC) and the  National Management Committee (NMC) have rejected the alliance with the PF describing it as not workable because of serious differences which have spilled to the media.

It is said that the NEC and the NMC met on several dates between 1 and 14 September 2010 and resolved to pull out of the Pact.

According to sources, the only person who opposed the pulling out is party president Hakainde Hichilema (HH )who argued that the UPND could not win on its own.

But the party structures prevailed over him and in apparent anger at the party’s resolution, Hichilema held a press briefing last week where he accused party members of misleading him.

But sources say Hichilema has since accepted the party resolution as can be seen byMazabuka MP Garry Nkombo’s carpeting of the PF on radio Phoenix on Monday.

Nkombo is one of Hichilema’s right handmen and when Nkombo speaks, it is often Hichilema speaking through him.

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