THE ruling PF in Itezhi-tezhi has suffered a setback following the defection of its more than 300 members to join the UPND.
And residents of Itezhi-tezhi are calling upon the UPND president Hakainde Hichilema to go and visit the area.
The PF members have dumped the ruling party citing poor leadership.
The defectors were received by UPND aspiring candidate Jacob Mubambo during a football tournament held in Itumbi Ward over the weekend.
Mubambo has praised the defectors and encouraged them to recruit more members.
And residents of Itezhi-tezhi are appealing to the UPND president Hakainde Hichilema to visit the area.
The residents have charged that with the impending by-election in Itezhi-tezhi, there is need to visit the area.