The United Party for National Development (UPND) provincial leadership in Southern Province has vowed to support President Rupiah Banda during next year’s elections if the UPND- PF pact decided to float Patriotic Front President Michael Sata in next years elections.
Speaking to ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka yesterday some UPND provincial leaders who refused to be named said they were not happy with what was going on in the pact.
They advised UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema not to deceive himself by thinking that UPND members would vote for Mr. Sata if Mr. Hichilema was not picked as pact president.
And Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe has disclosed that UPND members are resigning from the party in massive numbers due to the fire that has engulfed their party.
Mr Munkombwe said the people of Southern province have now realized that the PF/UPND pact was a burning house and that members were scampering to other parties for fear of being burnt.
He said the MMD in the province was encouraging their former members to rejoin the party they once belonged to before the formation of UPND.
“No one can stay in a burning house. The UPND-PF pact is burning and some Members from the UPND are resigning in massive numbers rejoining the ruling Party. This can be evidenced from the large number of people who attended the Vice President George Kunda’s rallies in the province over the weekend” Mr Munkombwe said.
The provincial minister said all those UPND members who were still pondering to leave their party should just resign and join the working MMD government and support President Banda during the forthcoming general elections.
He said before the end of the year, the Pact would crumble and called on the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to leave the pact and work with MMD government for the benefit of the Zambian people.
Due to the reported wrangles that have besieged the pact, UPND has since formed a committee which is going to look into the issues regarding the pact impasse with their partner Patriotic Front (PF)
The party’s National Management Committee recently held an urgent meeting where some party members allegedly asked the party leadership to abandon the pact.