The United National Independence Party (UNIP) in Livingstone, has refuted reports in some sections of the media that the former ruling party has suffered massive defections of its members to opposition United Party for National Development (UPND).
Vice Chairperson Luther Peyton has since described the reports as baseless and dangerous adding that they should not be condoned.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Livingstone , Mr. Peyton assured the UNIP national leadership that the party was strong and intact adding that no party member has defected to the UPND.
He said the last resignation from the party in Livingstone was in 2006 when Captain John Mwamulima resigned for reasons related to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
Mr. Peyton said plans were underway to conduct district and provincial elections within the shortest possible time.