Noel Nkhoma, a Luangeni UPND parliamentary candidate, claims he was approached by a “PF sympathiser” and offered a bribe of a brand new Toyota Hilux and cash to withdraw from the race.
Nkhoma told Daily Revelation that he refused a bribe for a car and cash on principle.
Asked on information that PF members Dr Katele Kalumba, Lameck Mangani and David Phiri were camped in Chipata to instigate the defection of UPND and other opposition members, and that he was among those who had been approached, Nkhoma said it’s been over some months since the last he communicated with Mangani and Phiri, and that he last met Kalumba about four months ago.
“So I am not aware about that development to be honest,” Nkhoma said. “But I have been approached prior to that by other persons who represent a different political persuasion where I was offered cash and a brand new vehicle which a politely declined. And the agreement was that with a view to maintain what you call confidentiality that the identity of the person should not be mentioned…he’s maybe a sympathiser but basically persuading me on the lines that we have discussed.”
But put across to him as someone coming from a party that wanted to form government and was talking about fighting corruption, why he did not report the alleged bribery attempt to the investigating wings, Nkhoma said: “The way this person came it was not a direct overture but I could read what they were leading to, like more less trying to put a certain position but not coming out directly and who they are representing and who has sent them, but basically trying to say if you were to reconsider your position and take this route.”
Nkhoma stated that he would not be talked into withdrawing, and that this was something he had informed his party about, claiming that he was a man of principle who did not fall for anything.
He stated that he would like to believe that others had been approached in the same way.
According to the sources, there will most likely be a defection of opposition members who took the money.
“The other candidates being targeted are Samson Phiri of Petauke-Central and Moses Masala in Chipangali, among others,” sources said.