Thursday, 17 February 2011


By Globe Reporter
THE opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) and Patriotic Front (PF) pact has collapsed due to continued differences between the two parties.
According to sources within UPND and PF, the two parties’ top leadership have resolved to do away with the pact in view of the two parties’ failure to resolve among other issues a preferred presidential candidate.
“It is a forgone conclusion that the pact has collapsed. Both UPND and PF have since stopped talking about it and they have since kicked off their campaigns for their respective candidates,” said one of the sources.
The sources further disclosed that UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and PF leader Micheal Sata have since stopped talking to each other.
“Even through the secretary generals, the communication has collapsed,” said a source.
The sources further disclosed that both Hichilema and Sata had been elusive to each other for sometime, forcing UPND to speak out on the matter.
Hichilema disclosed on Wednesday that the pact was faced with serious challenge as the two parties could not meet to resolve the outstanding issues.
He said it was important for the pact to come up with a development agenda before agreeing on the presidential candidate.
Meanwhile there is jubilations among MMD cadres over the collapse of the UPND and PF pact.
The MMD cadres are reportedly celebrating following Hichilema’s revelation that the pact had stalled.
“We have every reason to celebrate. In any case we expected it to happen. We knew Sata cannot work with HH. And this gives us a huge advantage over the opposition,” said a sources within MMD.

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