Patriotic Front (PF) member Frank Bwalya has said that said people surrounding UPND president Hakainde Hichilema are not happy with his leadership style.
Speaking to the media yesterday, Father Bwalya said that Mr Hichilema will be shocked with what will remain of his party before the 2016 elections.
“Three months before the elections, HH will be shocked with what will happen and remain of his party,” Father Bwalya said.
He said people are no longer viewing the UPND as a party that is likely to form Government as evidenced by the defection of its vice-president to the PF.
“We have many people working with us in the UPND but it is surprising that the man who claimed he controls the intelligence does not know,” Fr Bwalya said.
Fr Bwalya said if Mr Hichilema knew that Mr Kapita was defecting to the PF, he would have fired him but he didn’t.
“He claimed that he controlled the intelligence. Why then didn’t he know that Mr Kapita was defecting? If he knew, why didn’t he fire him as per rules of politics? Then he feared repercussions,” he said.
And press statement posted by UPND deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo, attributed to the party’s media and publicity committee, described Mr Kapita’s departure from the party as “good riddance”. Mr Lifwekelo described Mr Kapita as antagonistic and divisive.
“Mr Kapita had lost credibility and his departure from UPND will elate many genuine UPND members who feel very strongly that he was a plant in UPND and was eating with both hands,” the press statement reads.
Mr Kapita, a founder member of the UPND, and former MP for Mwinilunga West, defected to the PF along with several other UPND members in Mwinilunga on Saturday and was received by President Lungu.
“It’s with a heavy heart I am resigning from the UPND, a party I helped to build from inception in 1998,” Mr Kapita said said at Freedom Square.
Former Solwezi East MP Richard Taima said the departure of Mr Kapita from the UPND is good for the PF.
“Mr Kapita is a man of high political experience whose defection is a big plus to the PF and cannot be down-played by the UPND,” Mr Taima said.
Mr Taima also thanked President Lungu for his all-embracing and inspiring leadership style.
He said President Lungu has embraced all well-meaning Zambians into his Government regardless of their political affiliation.
“Due to his likable and inspiring leadership style, President Lungu will lead the PF into victory in 2016 even in areas where the PF has faced resistance such as North-Western Province,” he said.
He said in politics, victory is either on account of political party popularity or an individual’s popularity and influence and that President Lungu has both.
And former Kabompo East MP under the UPND ticket Lucas Chikoti, who is now chairperson for the Council of Elders in North-Western Province, said Mr Kapita’s resignation is a huge blow to the UPND and a gain to the PF.
“As elders, we mingled with President Lungu at Kansanshi hotel the other night. He is a humble man and he is amiable. This is what is attracting people to the PF,” Mr Chikoti said.