SUSPENDED United Party for National Development (UPND) Musiotunya Ward Councillor Ziwa Ziwa together with 218 members from the opposition UPND and Rainbow Party in Livingstone have defected to the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).
And the PF in Livingstone have launched the District Mobilisation under the slogan ‘PF Youths No Violence Dot Com campaigns’.
Speaking during the Launch at Zambezi Sports Club in Livingstone on Saturday, Southern Province PF mobilisation Chairperson Brave Mwetwa said only the PF had an agenda run the affairs of the country and bring development to all corners of the nation.
Mr Mwetwa accused opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema of preaching tribalism in the Southern Province adding that the UPND were busy canvasing the province telling people lies that there was no PF in Southern Province.
“Go and tell everyone that the PF in the province is intact and making positive headlines in the province and please those close to HH should go and tell him that very soon.
“Very soon, HH will start having sleepless nights and will suffer greatly because of PF’s success,” Mr Mwetwa said.
He said the PF was a growing party in the province as evidenced by the number of defectors that were ditching their party to join the ruling part because of its developmental agenda.
Mr Mweetwa added that the people of Southern Province had embraced all political parties and were ready to give the PF a fresh mandate because it was an attractive party.
Mr Mwetwa accused the UPND leader of being a dictator by refusing to go convention as stipulated in their party manifesto.
“If HH wants to be president of the republic of Zambia, let him try after 40 years. The UPND are claiming that they are the most organised party in Southern Province when they have failed lamentably to have elections at Branch, Ward, Constituency, District and National levels.
“Since Hakainde Hichilema became the president of UPND, they have never gone for a convention. Tell me what is he scared of? To me Hakainde Hichilema is a dictator because if he wasn’t a dictator, he would have allowed his party to go for a convention,” he said.
PF acting District Chairman John Mukosho appealed to the members to go flat out and campaign for the ruling party as well as preach the message of peace as championed by Republican President Edgar Lungu.
Meanwhile, PF Youths No Violence Dot Com Ambassador, Maxwell Chongo said PF youths in the country had vowed to walk the talk by preaching the message of peace and saying no to all forms of violence.
Mr Chongo said the message from the Republican President was very clear and the PF Youths had embarked on a countrywide campaign to education youths on the need to promote peace before, during and after the general elections.
And speaking on behalf of the defectors, Mr Ziwa said that God had already prophesied that President Edgar Lungu would be given another fresh mandate to rule the people of Zambia.