‘Upkeep of Mukata’s family not UPND baby’
…we don’t have conditions of service for MPs – Kakoma
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.