MMD President Nevers Mumba says the resignation of his 11 parliamentarians is a relief to the party.
Dr. Mumba says 10 of the parliamentarians are the same persons that supported the UPND in the January 20, 2015 presidential elections and there move does not mean anything to the party.
He told ZNBC News in Lusaka today that the 11 parliamentarians were already rejected together with the UPND in the previous elections and their union will not change the political landscape in the country.
Dr. Mumba reminded the 11 parliamentarians that Zambians will judge and vote against them together with the UPND in the August 11 general election.
He said the departure of the 11 members is insignificant and that their move leaves room for genuine MMD members to contest their seats.
Dr. Mumba said the MMD is still strong in Western and North Western provinces with a high chance of returning the seats.
Eleven MMD MPs on Monday defected to the UPND.