Both the ruling PF and the UPND have in the last few days suffered some defections as some members left out of the adoption race have crossed parties or opted to stand as independent.
As the filling in of nomination papers for Members of Parliament takes off today, it is expected that the country will see more movements across party lines by some dissatisfied members.
The latest casualty is the PF after the Central Committee omitted Pavuyma Kalobo, the man believed to have been the popular choice for the party members in Wusakile Constituency in Kitwe.
Mr Kalobo who is known in the area as the man behind the infamous illegal mining unit known as the Jerabos has now opted to stand as an Independent candidate.
In Chawama, popular aspiring candidate Potiphar Tembo was a last minute omission on the PF final adoption list after it settled for immediate past MP Lawrence Sichalwe forcing Mr Tembo to seek adoption on the UPND ticket.
In Chirundu, the UPND has suffered a similar fate after Workwell Sumaili who is believed to have come out tops in the primaries was left out of the final adoption list has now decided to cross over to the PF who have since adopted him.
Meanwhile in Lundazi, PF aspiring candidate Lawrence Nyirenda has resigned from the Pf opting to stand as an Independent after he was not adopted.
Below is a statement issued by Wusakile constituency PF aspiring candidate Mr Kalobo
We have for the past few days been consulting with the people of Wusakile constituency on the way forward after the announcement of our unsuccessful attempt to stand on the PF ticket.
As much as we respect the decision made by the Central committee of the Patriotic Front not adopt me, we equally respect the electorate of Wusakile constituency who have challenged us to petition the decision made by the MCC as they believe the decision made by the executive body does not represent theirs.
However, we have accepted what the party has decided and we have moved on, in so doing we are going ahead to participating in this year’s election by standing on an independent ticket. The people have made a call to me, who am I to refuse this noble calling.
We understand the implications this may bring about but we also wish to clearly state that we still support His Excellence President Edgar Lungu and the Patriotic Front, what we simply doing here is responding to the peoples call.
Thank you for the support and God bless you all Putting the electorates of wusakile constituency First
Aspiring Independent Candidate