Former Vice President Lupando Mwape this morning led hundreds of defectors from different political parties in joining the UPND.
The defectors were received by UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and the party’s two Vice Presidents Dr Canisius Banda (Politics) and Geoffrey Mwamba at a media briefing at Chainama Hotel.
Former Gender Minister Rose Banda also led Katete MMD district officials and some area headmen from Eastern Province to join UPND.
Others including Brian Mukuyu Chingimbu, husband to Lands Minister Christabel Ngimbu also joined the UPND.
Mr Mwape said many people in Northern Province have now realised that the UPND is a part of choice for the nation.
He said many Northerners have now concluded that they desperately need to be in power in order to transform the fortunes of Zambia.
The former Vice President said perceptions that the UPND is a tribal party are misplaced because the party is enjoying countrywide support.
Mr Mwape said the PF has destroyed the Zambian economy through its reckless policies which he said have driven many Zambians into poverty.
Mr Mwape was elected Member of Parliament in September 2000 and later appointed Minister of Communications and Transport.
He was also appointed Northern Province Provincial Minister between June and October 2004 and was Co-opted MMD National Trustee in October 2004 until July 2005 when he was elected MMD National Trustee the position held until November 2006.
He served as Vice President of the Republic of Zambia from October 2004 to October 2006 under late President, Levy Patrick Mwanawasa.
Mr Mwape was also Ambassador to China between 2007 and 2009.
And Rose Banda has ruled out possibility of MMD back to power saying the former ruling party is dead.
Mrs Banda said the MMD now has too many factions which has reduced its prospects of ever ruling the nation again.
Meanwhile, the entire Milanzi Constituency Executive Committee in Katete led by Rose Banda who was the First Gender Minister and former MMD NEC Member have joined the opposition party.
Mrs. Banda said she and her colleagues have decided to join the UPND because there has been and still is confusion in the Nevers Mumba led MMD.
And Lands Minister Chrsitabel Ngimbu’s former husband Brian Chinyemba Mukuyu was present at the meeting and said his family has been PF but he just thought it wasn’t a wise decision for him coz the PF is making people suffer in high cost of living.
Present during the Press Conference were two Vice Presidents Geofrey Mwamba and Dr. Canincious Banda, National Chairperson Mutale Nalumango, SG Stephen Katuka, Jack Mwimbu UPND Lawyer and Monze MP.
Meanwhile speaking when welcomed the defector party President Hakainde Hichilema said everything is going against our country because of the lack of leadership in the country.
He said with everything that happening in the country the nation cannot afford to have leaders who are preoccupied with dividing the nation with their regional politics.
He also said Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili has not been fired because he is just being used as a mouth peace his boss President Lungu saying he should have been fired while he was still on TV.
He further accused President Lungu of destroying everything the country stands for within 5 years adding that Zambians have seen for themselves what the PF is capable of which is destroying the unity and development of the country.