Former Mkaika Member of Parliament (MP) David Phiri has defected from PF to the UPND.
Speaking from Chipata, Phiri said he had resigned from the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) with immediate effect.
In a separate interview, Phiri said he could not afford to be part of a finished political party that was full of thugs and these were involved in unprecedented political mayhem in the history of Zambia.
Phiri is also former deputy minister of Tourism and Arts under Michael Sata.
“I have joined the United Party for National Development because the PF are a bunch of confused people who have failed to take this country anywhere. There is a lot of confusion in the ruling party than you can think of. I have jumped out of the boat before it can hit an iceberg like the Titanic,” he said.
“I cannot be part and parcel of a political party with squabbles and confusion. The PF has taken a nose-dive and they will fall with a very big thud,” he said after jumping on the UPND national campaign team that was in eastern province to drum up support for Hakainde Hichilema recently.
He said that UPND had a very bright future in running Zambia’s affairs unlike PF which was currently engaged in major bickering and spending most of its resources in intra-party fights and quarrelling.
Phiri said God loved Zambia so much and the creator had given the country a rare opportunity for the people to usher in a president with a brighter future and vision.
“On January 20th 2015, Zambia is going to get a fresh breath. We are going for real change. We have been battered, cheated and abused by the PF for such a long time. It is time to move on,” he said.
Phiri said he was prompted to join the UPND because he was too ashamed to be associated with a political party that was openly lying to its people while fighting and its members were engaged in major confrontations that included miming each other.
He said the PF was a finished party that would not make it beyond January 20, 2015 because the people of Zambia had realized to lies and deceit that characterized the ruling party.