The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has suffered massive defections after its executive officials in three wards in Choma Central Constituency defected to the ruling Patriotic Front (PF), according to the PF government news agency ZANIS.
UPND ward officials and members from Namuswa, Singani and Siasikaboole resigned en-masse at a public meeting addressed by PF deputy Secretary General, Bridget Atanga, at Siamaluba depot in chief Singani’s area in Choma yesterday.
The defectors told Mrs Atanga that they are sick and tired of clinging on to the opposition UPND which they said will never rule this country.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, former UPND Choma Central Constituency chairman, Zeron Mwendo, said the PF has proved to be a people’s party because of its progressive policies.
Mr Mwendo, who is also former UPND Mubula ward councillor, urged the people of Choma to ditch the opposition UPND which he said is on a path to self-destruction.
And receiving the defectors, Mrs Atanga, who was accompanied by provincial and district party officials, said the PF was a party for all tribes in Zambia and not only for Bembas as claimed by the UPND.
She said time has come for the people of Southern Province to redeem themselves by joining hands with the rest of the country through the ruling PF.
Mrs Atanga said President Michael Sata wants to bring development to all parts of Zambia but that he needs support from the people of Southern Province in order for him to successfully implement his programmes.
At the same meeting, former Dundumwezi Member of parliament, Emerson Mudenda, also defected to the PF.
District PF political secretary, Bernadette Hamweemba, said the PF has intensified its campaign in Choma where UPND structures in some wards have been completely overrun by PF.