Monday, 28 February 2011


Northern Province MMD chairman Steven Mukuka has condemned Patriotic Front (PF) leader Michael Sata for using the Catholic Church in Mporokoso as his campaign centre for the March 3, Mporokoso by-election.
Speaking at a campaign rally addressed by Vice President George Kunda in Mporokoso yesterday, Mr. Mukuka said it is morally wrong for Mr. Sata to use the church for his political expedience.
He urged all peace-loving Zambians to condemn Mr Sata’s lack of respect for the Catholic Church in the District by holding political campaigns within its premise.
Mr. Mukuka said many people with different political affiliations were congregating at the Church, and as such it is irresponsible for Mr. Sata to hold campaign activities at place of worship.
He advised the Catholic Church to disassociate itself from the PF campaigns taking place at the church premise in Mporokoso or risk people questioning their impartiality in political matters.
And Mr. Mukuka has castigated Fr. Frank Bwalya for engaging in partisan activities by aligning himself with the PF in the Mporokoso by-election set March 3, this year.
He charged that it was embarrassing for Fr. Bwalya to bless PF aspiring candidate in the by-election, Maynard Misapa at a political rally.
Mr. Mukuka said the MMD has stopped regarding Fr. Bwalya as a priest but a politician who is allegedly disguising as a Catholic Father.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mukuka has charged that PF candidate in the Mporokoso Central by-election is a factor in the area.
He said Mr. Misapa had failed to deliver development when he was Member of Parliament in the constituency, and wondered what development he will spearhead if elected on the PF ticket.
Mr. Mukuka accused the PF candidate of insulting people of Mporokoso Central constituency after they held him accountable for lack of development in their area.
He has since urged the electorates in Mporokoso Central to vote for MMD candidate Dominic Musonda in the March 3 parliamentary by-election.
In another development, over 50 members from the opposition defected to the ruling party at a campaign rally addressed by Vice President George Kunda in Levy area of Mporokoso District.
Four candidates are contesting the Mporokoso Central by-election slated for March 3.
These are MMD’s Dominic Musonda, PF’s Maynard Misapa, UNIP’s Antony Nkonde and National Restoration Party’s Joyce Mukando.

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