Peoples Party (PP) deputy publicity secretary Ken Msonda has been collecting money from the party’s leadership in the name of journalists but never gave the money to the beneficiaries.
“At one time he collected K60 000 which he said he wanted to give some journalists that he wanted to meet but to our knowledge, that money was never given to them” a senior party official said.
The official said on other occasions, Msonda would collect money only to give K500 to one or two journalists.
“The party leadership has stopped giving him money in the name of journalists. He cannot collect any money from the party because the top brass are aware of his tricks,” the official said.
The development comes at a time when PP treasurer general Brown Mpinganjira in a radio interview this week claimed there were some “tricksters” collecting money in the name of the party illegally.
Msonda is also said to have got money from Transport and Public Infrastructure Sidik Mia to speak good of him in the scandal the minister was involved concerning his imposition on the party structures at the constituency.
“Mia announced his joining of PP and took all his former DPP structures and wanted them to take over PP positions but faced resistance from the constituency people.
“Mia gave some money to Msonda to back him in the media that he did not do anything wrong and that all was well,” the official said.
Msonda described the allegations as untrue.