UNITED Party for National Development(UPND) has suffered a setback after their mines chairperson Maxwell Mwale along with 2,500 ditched the opposition political parties and joined the ruling Patriotic Front(PF).
Apart from UPND members who defected to PF others were MMD members.
The defection of Mr Mwale who is former MMD Malambo Member of Parliament (MP) has come barely few days when UPND MP for Katuba Jonas Shakafuswa defected to the ruling party.
The former cabinet minister in MMD regime said when he officially announced his defection at Chiutika primary school in Mambwe today that he was impressed with the developmental projects which the ruling party has fostered in various parts of the country.
He said he cannot continue aligning himself with opposition political party because it had no future.
“I have found it incumbent or important that i should align myself with the party in power.The PF Government has done a lot like the Chipata-Mfuwe road and many other development projects”he said.
And receiving the defectors,PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri assured the people of Mambwe that Government would deliver relief food to starving people.
She explained that it was a shame that some traditional leaders were even following politicians in court.
She said she was happy that the traditional leadership in Eastern province showed maturity by not giving solidarity to Mr Mwale.
Ms Mumbi said the traditional leadership should not flash party symbols like what happened to the wife of Chief Mukuni of Southern Province who flashed a UPND symbol.
Speaking earlier Eastern Province chairperson Andrew Lubusha said the defectors would be incorporated into various campaign committees.
Meanwhile, UPND National Management Committee trustee, Maybin Mubanga has also defected to the Patriotic Front. Mr. Mubanga said that he has decided to join the PF because President Edgar Lungu has exhibited zeal to revive the country’s economy.
Mr. Mubanga told the media at a briefing in Lusaka today that President Lungu is a humble servant who wants to uplift the livelihood of the poor. Mr. Mubanga said there is no reason to remain in the UPND because President Lungu holds the vision similar to the founder of UPND, Anderson Mazoka. He has since appealed to Zambians to support and vote for President Lungu and the PF in the August 11 elections.
And PF Secretary General, Davies Chama said more people including senior member of the UPND want to join PF. Mr. Chama said the PF is the only party with a mission and vision to transform the country. He said the decision to join the PF is the best move which should never be regrettable.