‘Up­keep of Mukata’s fam­ily not UPND baby’

…we don’t have con­di­tions of ser­vice for MPs – Kakoma

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

UPND does not have in­cen­tives or con­di­tions of ser­vice com­pelling the party to take care of wives of for­mer Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, spokesper­son Charles Kakoma has charged.

Mr Kakoma was re­act­ing to Mari­coh, wife of in­car­cer­ated for­mer Chi­langa MP Keith Mukata who com­plained that the op­po­si­tion party had aban­doned her and her fam­ily.

Ms Mukata who told the Daily Na­tion that life had been hec­tic for her and her three chil­dren also said that the op­po­si­tion party had never shown em­pa­thy de­spite her be­ing a staunch mem­ber. Mr Kakoma how­ever re­it­er­ated that there were so many wives of ex-UPND par­lia­men­tar­i­ans that the op­po­si­tion party did not take care of.

He said in an in­ter­view that UPND did not have con­di­tions of ser­vice com­pelling the party to take care of wives of Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment.

“Those are fam­ily mat­ters and have no bear­ing on the party. There are so many wives of our MPs but the party does not take care of them. We do not have con­di­tions of ser­vice to take care of wives of MPs,” said Mr Kakoma.

Mr Kakoma also rub­bished claims that UPND was not sym­pa­thetic to the Mukata fam­ily and that they had not vis­ited their in­car­cer­ated col­league.

Mean­while, Mr Kakoma ac­cused the Pa­tri­otic Front (PF) of us­ing Ms Mukata as a cam­paign strat­egy in the up­com­ing Chi­langa by-elec­tions slated for June 5, 2018.

He claimed that Ms Mukata was coaxed into en­dors­ing the can­di­da­ture of the PF as­pir­ing can­di­date, Ms Maria Langa and that what­ever she said at Tues­day’s press brief­ing was im­posed on her by the rul­ing party.

How­ever, PF cam­paign man­ager for the Chi­langa by-elec­tion, Jean Ka­p­ata re­futed Mr Kakoma’s claims.

Ms Ka­p­ata, who is Man­devu MP and Lands min­is­ter ques­tioned how the rul­ing party could put words in Ms Mukata’s mouth.

She ac­cused the UPND of not caring about its for­mer MP, Mr Mukata, adding that it was the rea­son the party did not care about the well­be­ing of his fam­ily.

Ms Ka­p­ata won­dered why UPND adopted Char­maine Mu­sonda as its can­di­date in the up­com­ing by-elec­tion when she was with Mr Mukata at the time the mur­der was com­mit­ted.

“Char­maine, was Keith’s cam­paign man­ager and used to eat nshima at his home with the wife. We will fin­ish UPND in this race,” Ms Ka­p­ata said.

Mr Kakoma

Ms Ka­p­ata

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