The United Party for National Development (UPND) has expelled three of its Members of Parliament serving as deputy Ministers in the PF Government for campaigning against party President Hakainde Hichilema in the 20th January presidential election.
The three Members of Parliament are Greyford Monde for Itezhi-tezhi,Richwell Siamunene for Sinazongwe and Sinjembela’s Poniso Njeulu.
The UPND has since written to the Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini requesting him to declare the three seats vacant following the expulsion from the party of the trio effective 21st May,2013.
In letters to the three Members of Parliament dated 5th March 2015 made available to QFM News, UPND Secretary General Winstone Chibwe says by campaigning for the Patriotic Front in the run-up to the presidential election, the three brought the name of the party and the party President into disrepute.
Mr Chibwe further states that Mr Monde and Mr Siamunene went on to use demeaning and insulting language against the UPND President, and the presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema.
He states that this is in breach of Article 9 of the party constitution.
Mr Chibwe adds that the two went further to demean the UPND President and the party by publicly issuing statements that the UPND is a tribal party during their campaigns for the PF.