The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) has categorically stated that it is not campaigning and that campaign period has not yet started.
PF Secretary General Davies Mwila disclosed that when people are resigning and defecting to the ruling party from the opposition should not imply that PF is campaigning.
Mr. Mwila said people are at will and free to join the PF because it is their constitutional right.
The PF SG was speaking at the party Secretariat in Lusaka today when he received 700 members who defected from the opposition Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD).
The defectors include the entire FDD Munali Constituency bigwigs led by its constituency chairman Martin Mambwe, former Lusaka District Vice Chairman Nevyson Tumbama, Munkolo Ward 12 Chairman Kelvin Mazuba and the entire Kanyama Constituency led by its former Chairlady, Judith Mwale.
Mr. Mambo led 350 former FDD members from Munali Constituency while Ms. Mwale led 350 members from the same political party who quit to join the ruling PF.
“PF is not campaigning because it’s not yet time for campaigning. However, people from the opposition joining us are free to do so anytime in accordance with their constitutional right,”Mr. Mwila said.
The PF SG urged party members to embrace newcomers and go flat out in explaining the party policies to the Zambian people.
Mr. Mwila expressed gratitude by the magnitude of the people on a daily basis who are appreciating the good policies the party in government is putting in place to benefit the Zambians.
And speaking on behalf of the defectors, former FDD Munali Constituency Chairman Martin Mambwe said he decided to join a progressive party, PF and its leadership which is anchored on developing the nation.
And Mr. Mwila has disclosed that his party is ready for political dialoguing with the opposition in order to foster national development.
But FDD Vice President Chifumu Banda said in a separate interview with ZANIS that the defections are typical in African politics.
Mr. Banda said there will be no leadership vacuum in the FDD as people will soon rejoin the political party.
“Defections are typical in African political setup. It’s normal for people to jump and join a political party of their choice. There is no leadership vacuum in FDD because members voluntarily decide where to stay or go,” the FDD Veep said