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One Zambian opposition party has accused its two political partners of breaking their opposition alliance, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), Saturday Post reported.

The Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) has accused its two political partners, the United National Independence Party ( UNIP) and the United Party for National Development (UPND), of breaking their opposition alliance, while creating a wrong image that FDD is the one that wants to break it.

Reacting to the claim by UNIP leader Tilyenji Kaunda that FDD leader Edith Nawakwi is behind the postponement of UDA's meeting on Thursday, Nawakwi said Kaunda should learn to be honest.

"There is an attempt to create an image that I want to break the alliance but they are in forefront breaking the alliance," she was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

She said she was not notified about the meeting.

She said there is no way she could be accused of delaying the UDA meeting when UNIP has already supported UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.

The local newspaper reported that the UNIP has pledged its support for Hichilema, who is also the leader of UDA, as presidential candidate for the next elections in 2011.

Nawakwi, who wants to be presidential candidate on UDA ticket in 2011 general elections, said UDA has no president.

She urged Kaunda and Hichilema to slow down or else they would hurt themselves in their attempt to hurt her.

On Thursday Kaunda said the UDA meeting could not go ahead because FDD did not attend. But Kaunda denied reports that there are plans to remove FDD from the UDA.

UPND, UNIP and FDD formed the UDA in March this year to challenge President Levy Mwanawasa in the just ended elections in which Hichilema emerged third.

Source: Xinhua



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