PF Secretary General Davies Mwila has warned former Kapiri Mposhi MP Friday Malwa and his ‘followers’ who are fond of defecting and re-defecting that they must remain principled in the party because when they leave and want to re-join they will not be welcomed.
During Mwila’s continued political tour of Central province to campaign for President Edgar Lungu’s third term bid, Malwa led a group of about 40 people defecting from UPND to PF but in welcoming them, Mwila said that he was tired of people jumping from one party to another and later come back to the PF.
Malwa was Kapiri Mposhi MP on UPND from 2006 to 2011 when he was not adopted. After being left out by the MMD in 2011, Malwa applied to be adopted by PF but was again left out in preference of Eddie Musonda who lost to MMD’s Lawrence Zimba.
However, Musonda petitioned Zimba and after the seat was nullified, Malwa again applied to contest on UPND ticket but was left out in preference of Eddie Musonda. In 2016, Malwa went back to the PF and applied for adoption but after he was not adopted he crossed over to UPND where he applied to be adopted but lost out to the current UPND MP Stanley Kakubo.
Meanwhile UPND central province chairman Albert Chifita has refuted the purported defections of UPND members in Kapiri Mposhi. Chifita said that the alleged defectors were PF members who were paid K200 each to defect to their own political party. Chifita said that the pretence that the stage managed defections will not solve the country’s problems created by PF and Lungu.