Former Zambia Railways Chief Executive Officer Professor Muyenga Attanga and his wife and former PF Deputy Secretary General Bridget Attanga have ditched the ruling patriotic front to join the United Party for National Development (UPND).
At a colourful ceremony at the UPND party secretariat that was officiated by UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and Vice-President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM), Prof. Attanga said that the ruling PF has totally submerged and cannot support and improve the lives of many Zambians adding that he worked with late Michael Sata who had a vision for Zambia and not Edgar Lungu who is completely lost.
At the same function, over 400 MMD and PF leaders from Kanyama, Mandevu, and Munali constituencies defected to the UPND.
And UPND President Mr. Hichilema said that he was everyday getting worried with the way PF President Lungu was managing the affairs of the country.
Speaking when he received the over 400 people, who he referred to as UPND goodwill ambassadors, Mr. Hichilema said that the current economic turmoil caused by lack of foresight by the PF may plunge the country into more social and economic challenges.
The UPND leader said PF and President Lungu must realise that he has failed to govern the country and publicly give up.
Mr. Hichilema called on UPND members across the country to embrace new members and never feel threatened with their positions.
He called for mass mobilisation and recruitment of members and also form solid structures at all levels across the country.
And speaking at the same event UPND Vice-President for Administration GBM said that Zambians have resolved to voting for UPND because of the way PF has mismanaged the economy.
GBM, who is also Kasama Central MP, says there is no need for one to be a magician or fortune teller to see that the country is in an economic mess and needs resuscitation.
And commenting on the defection, PF secretary-general Davies Chama said that former Deputy Secretary-General Bridget Atanga is not a political factor and that she left the ruling party way before the January 20, 2015 presidential election.
Mr Chama said in an interview yesterday that Mrs Atanga left the PF way before the January 20 presidential election which President Lungu won.
“Mrs Atanga had no following in the PF. In fact she left with her husband only,” Mr Chama said.
He said Mrs Atanga was failing to cross over to the opposition UPND because her husband was the managing director at Zambia Railways Limited.
“So Mrs Atanga was not our member at the time of her defection to UPND,” Mr Chama said.