The opposition UPND youth wing in the Southern Province has advised the Patriotic Front to attend its Provincial rally slated for April 29th and to be addressed by party president Hakainde Hichilema in Choma and witness how many of its members will defect to the UPND on that day.
And the UPND has refuted media reports in today’s post newspaper suggesting that 61 of its members in choma have defected to join the patriotic front describing the party structures as being intact and stronger than anticipated.
Provincial youth chairman Francis Hakayobe says he has drawn up a list of more than 240 defectors from both the Patriotic Front and MMD that intend to switch to the UPND on the 29th of April 2011 led by PF Choma Central Constituency Youth Chairman Japhet Kamwendo and called on Patriotic Front senior officials to send representation in order to witness the grand occasion.
Mr. Hakayobe adds that it is a pity that the opposition party is playing politics of mediocrity and wondered which popularity its provincial chairperson Joseph Akafumba is claiming warning of a humiliating defeat in this year’s elections for the party in the province.
And on the reported defection of 61 UPND cadres, Mr. Hakayobe maintains that the PF had offered to pay every defector a total of K300, 000 at a function which was supposed to have been graced by Secretary General Winter Kabimba who could however not make it to Choma after being informed that the function had been snubbed.
He advised the Post Newspaper to consider providing factual information to the masses adding that the upnd in the province is still strong and resolved to support the candidature of its party president in this year’s tripartite election as he applauds the expulsion of Colonel Panji Kaunda from the party.
He said the youth wing is ready and determined to protect Hichilema against any odds and warned Panji Kaunda to desist from making unwarranted attacks on the party leadership they were ready to crash with him and his sponsors.