UDF Treasurer General joins resignation list


United Democratic Front (UDF) Treasurer General Carlton Sichinga has resigned from his position and the party with immediate effect “to concentrate on his business”.

Sichinga, who did not rule out the possibility of joining another political party, joins the list of other senior officials from the party such as Judith Laja, Davie Rally and two Ward Councillors who also either just resigned from their positions but maintained their membership or left the party altogether.

“There are several issues for my resignation, but the main one is that I want to have enough time for my business. I will communicate about my future political plans because once a solder, always a solder,” Sichinga said in an interview Monday.


UDF Secretary-General Kandi Padambo has since described as a sad situation the resignation of senior members of the party.

“As an organisation, we cannot lie that we are not affected by the resignations. We had spent time grooming the people and we hoped that they would remain and continue serving the party. This is not a happy occasion for us as a party,” Padambo said.

He, however, said people have the right to join any political party of their choice due to situations that might arise from their positions.


“We understand that Honourable Laja had some issues in the constituency. As for Honourable Rally, we understand his concerns considering that his position was too demanding the same way it is with Honourable Sichinga. But we wish them well although we could have loved if they had stayed and help rebuild the party,” Padambo said.

Recently, a political analyst at Livingstonia University George Phiri argued that the resignations in UDF could be a sign that there are members who are not happy with the direction the party has taken in working with governing Democratic Progressive Party.

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