FORMER United Party for National Development (UPND) Zambezi ward Councilor Philimon Musonda and 50 other UPND supporters in Livingstone have defected to Patriotic Front (PF).
Mr Musonda and 50 others were received in Livingstone yesterday PF Livingstone parliamentary candidate Omar Munsanje and PF Livingstone District chairperson John Mukosho.
In his speech after defection, Mr Musonda urged Zambians to vote for President Edgar Lungu and the Patriotic Front in the August General Elections.
He said the Patriotic Front under President Edgar Lungu has earned it self-enough trust from the Zambia people because of its robust developmental agenda that has spread to all corners of the nation.
“When you go to Zambezi ward, the fruits of the PF are everywhere to see, they have put up a sewerage system, provided 24 hour supply of water and built a school there. Why shouldn’t I be part of the team that is doing wonders in Livingstone?
“So come 11 August, Vote for Edgar Lungu, Omar Munsaje as Member of Parliament and the PF for more development and prosperity for Zambia, ”Mr Musonda said.
Receiving the defectors, PF, Mr Munsanje welcomed the team and asked them to work together with the ruling party.
Mr Munsanje said the PF was in a hurry to develop Livingstone and other parts of the country.
When contacted for a comment, UPND Livingstone spokesperson Neto Halwabala wished Mr Musonda well and thanked him for his contribution to the opposition political party.
“We thank Mr Musonda for his contribution to the UPND and we wish him well with his newly found friends. Mr Musonda has just exercised his democratic right to belong to any political party and as a party (UPND) in Livingstone we are not shaken by his departure”he said.