FIVE UPND aspiring candidates have petitioned against the candidature of Noel Nkhoma to contest the primary elections under the UPND in Luangeni Constituency on account of him not being a party member.
In a letter addressed to UPND secretary general Batuka Imenda, recently. Thomson Maimisa, Solomon Miti, Lukasi Msimuko, Levy Ng’ombe and Leeman Nyirenda stated that they had evidence which showed that Nkhoma had failed to produce a UPND membership card which should automatically disqualify him.
“We as Luangeni aspiring candidates hereby petition against the candidature of Noel Nkhoma to contest the primaries of UPND in Luageni Constituency. We have got irrefutable evidence which shows that Noel Nkhoma failed to produce a membership card of the UPND at ward, constituency, district and provincial level, which automatically should have disqualified him from primaries. Furthermore, the constituency committees in Luangeni were presented with evidence which showed that Noel Nkhoma was distributing PF regalia to some headmen in the constituency in the month of March 2021, and the headmen are still having those pieces of evidence,” read the letter.
“We therefore, strongly feel that he should not have been allowed to be part of the process. On a day of primary elections, at ward and constituency level he came with a number of PF members, he also produced calendars under Democratic Party. We would also like to put it on record that none of us as aspiring candidates are willing to work with him if the party wishes to adopt him.”
When contacted, Nkhoma said he could not comment on the letter as it was not addressed to him.
“The letter is not addressed to me so I cannot comment. If it was addressed to me, I would have responded. But whatever the case, the authors of the letter have a constitutional right to write such a letter and I am sure the party will respond,” said Nkhoma.