About 300 Reform Party,RP, members led by the Party’s Former Chairman for elections and strategic Planning, John Ziba, have defected to the United Party for National Development,UPND.
Mr. Ziba said the Opposition UPND was the only Party in the country that would offer meaningful leadership.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka today, Mr. Ziba said the RP members decided to join the UPND because it was the only party with a vision to develop the country.
Mr. Ziba accused the ruling MMD of failing to meet the expectations of people of Zambia.
In welcoming the defectors UPND President, Hakainde Hichilema, said the UPND was now growing its membership in readiness to form the next government after 2011.
The UPND President challenged President Rupiah Banda to implement programmes that focus at reducing poverty levels in the country.
He has since called upon Zambians to condemn tribal politics and instead promote unit in order to achieve the required development in the country.
And Mr Hichilema said he will soon hold a meeting with President Rupiah Banda over the global financial crisis.
Mr. Hichilema said the UNPD wrote to President Banda to give ideas to government on how to address the global financial crisis.
He said President Banda replied that he was willing to hold talks with the opposition leader when he returns from the African Union Summit in Ethiopia.
He said there is need for the opposition to demonstrate maturity in handling national issues by sharing ideas with the government.