UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma has condemned the suspension of the Livingstone council by the PF government describing it as a ploy to weaken the opposition’s chances in the forthcoming by-election.
Kakoma said the timing of the suspension of the council, which is dominated by UPND and MMD councillors, was suspicious.
He said the PF government was aware that Livingstone was a UPND stronghold and suspending the council was part of their strategy to weaken the opposition in the February 28 by election.
The Livingstone central seat fell vacant after UPND MP Howard Sikwela quit his position. Yesterday, PF suspended the Livingstone council for unconvincing reasons.
Kakoma said the sole purpose of the suspension was to destabilise the opposition campaigns.
He said the PF knows that the local authority structures are the basis on which political parties use to campaign.
Kakokoma, however, says his party will not be deterred but go flat out into campaigning for the February 28 elections.