By Bennie Mundando
THE United Party for National Development (UPND) has jumped to the defense of its Katuba Member of Parliament (MP) Bampi Kapalasa who has been under fire from party members after word went round that he voted for Bill 10 yesterday.
The party media team has now dispelled these social media reports and has clarified that Mr. Kapalasa was not in the House at the time of voting and therefore did not participate in the process, contrary to assertions suggesting so.
“Contrary to social media reports, Katuba UPND member of Parliament Hon Aubrey Bampi Kapalasa did not vote for the constitutional amendment Bill 10 of 2019 as he was not in the House at the time of the vote.
“The UPND wishes to therefore dispel the circulating rumour and urge Citizens to treat it as only an unsubstantiated rumour without facts. The official parliamentary record of the voting process does not include Hon Kapalasa among those that voted YES,” reads the statement.
The party has also paid glowing tribute to independent MPs who did not vote for the bill saying they stood on the right side of history.
“We wish to thank all UPND, Independents, and NDC MPs that stood on the side of history in defeating the evil in the house,” reads the statement.