Opposition Patriotic Front (PF) Lusaka Province Chairman, Evaristo Mulenga, has with immediate effect resigned from his party and joined the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD).
Mr. Mulenga announced his resignation from the PF at a rally addressed by President Rupiah Banda at the President’s Park in Kasama this morning.
Mr. Mulenga said he has decided to leave the PF because he did not want to be part of an orgnisation that was championing politics of insults and tribalism.
He said he does not regret his resignation from the PF because its leader does not respect the tenets of democracy.
Mr. Mulenga described Mr. Sata and the PF as vindictive and only bent vengeance and personal vendettas.
He said having known the PF since its inception, he understands all the tactics the party members have been employing to win elections in all parts of the country.
Mr. Mulenga also declared that he would go flat out and ensure that he destroys the PF.
At the same rally, scores of other PF cadres defected from their party to the MMD.
And in welcoming the defectors to the MMD, President Banda appealed to the MMD leadership to ensure that the new members feel welcome to the ruling party.
President Banda said the MMD is a party for the people.
He said the voluntary resignation of prominent members of the PF was an indication that the opposition party was crumbling down.
The President further appealed to members of other political parties to feel free to join the ruling party.
President Banda is in Kasama drumming up support for Burton Mugala, who is the MMD candidate for the October 15th, by-election.
The Kasama Central parliamentary seat fell vacant after the resignation of area PF Member of Parliament Saviour Chishimba from parliament.
The PF-United Party for National Development pact has fielded Geoffrey Mwamba. Other parties vying for the seat are the former ruling party, United National Independence Party (UNIP), All People’s Congress (APC) and two independent candidates.