My pop­u­lar­ity threat­ens ri­vals, says Kamba

Daily Nation Newspaper - - Home News - By SI­MON MUNTEMBA

MY op­po­nents have re­sorted to spread­ing false­hoods aimed at scan­dal­iz­ing my name be­cause they are threat­ened by my pop­u­lar­ity, as­pir­ing can­di­date for Lusaka Provin­cial PF chair­per­son po­si­tion Kennedy Kamba said yes­ter­day.

Mr Kamba dis­missed in an in­ter­view re­ports that the Drug En­force­ment Com­mis­sion (DEC) and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (ACC) were al­legedly pur­su­ing him over a maize scam in­volv­ing K2 Mil­lion.

Mr Kamba was re­act­ing to re­ports that cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia al­leg­ing that DEC and ACC were after him and coun­cil­lor Joseph Tamba over a maize scan­dal in which the two al­legedly went to Food Re­serve Agency (FRA) and got maize val­ued at K2 mil­lion but paid only about k50, 000. He de­scribed the re­ports as ‘hog­wash’ and claimed that it was his pop­u­lar­ity which ig­nited the false­hoods by other camps in the provin­cial race.

“I have noted with re­gret the ma­li­cious false­hood that is be­ing ped­dled by known el­e­ments only tar­geted to scan­dal­iz­ing me.

He urged his fel­low com­peti­tors to con­duct is­sue-based cam­paigns and ex­plain to the party at large what they would of­fer than scan­dal­iz­ing one an­other.

He said the PF in­tra-party elec­tions were not about an in­di­vid­ual but for the greater good of the party and would there­fore, not at any point use his pop­u­lar­ity to com­pro­mise the party’s good stand­ing with the peo­ple on the grass­roots.

Mean­while, DEC pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Theresa Ka­tongo has also de­nied the re­ports cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia that the com­mis­sion was pur­su­ing Mr Kamba for al­leged maize scan­dal.

Ms Ka­tongo de­nied ever re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion in­struct­ing the com­mis­sion to ar­rest Mr Kamba for any thefts, adding that the re­ports were false.

Mr Kamba

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