The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary General Hon Davies Mwila has said that PF is not campaining but just mobilising the party and called on the other parties to do so.
Speaking when he arrived in Solwezi to receive 2 000 defectors from other parties, Mr Mwila said that he is not holding public meetings and as such they cannot be construed as campaigns.
“Those claiming that we are campaigning should know that we are not campaigning at all. We are just mobilising the party. We are going round and you have never heard of us holding public meetings from my office, we have been holding indoor meetings. It means that we are there to mobilise the party; that is my Job, I am paid for that. So all those who want to mobilise their party and I am talking about the UPND and the rest, let them go also and mobilise their parties. They are free. This is a democratic country. Us we are not playing as a party, we are very serious,” said Mr Mwila
ABOUT 2,992 members of the opposition political parties in North Western Province have ditched their former parties and joined the ruling Patriotic Front -PF- in Solwezi district.
Notable among those that have defected to the ruling PF are 5 Village Headmen, FDD provincial secretary Kaila Sachiyeka, UPND Mushindamo district chairlady Betty Lupito, Mushindamo district youth chairperson Precious Masaba, Solwezi constituency secretary Misheck Lukama among others.
And out of the 2,992 new PF members, 1,940 are from the UPND, 797 from FDD and 255 from MMD.
Village Headman Kajoba who spoke on behalf of other village headmen described his stay in the opposition UPND as a share waste of time.
He said UPND has nothing to offer to the people of Zambia and that is why he and his fellow headmen have decided to ditch their former party.
And former FDD provincial secretary Kabaila Sachiyeka described his former party as a party without a vision.
The former UPND Solwezi constituency secretary Misheck Lukama and Mushindamo youth chairperson Precious Masaba said they do not want to remain behind by clinging to the opposition for years.
They mentioned the undemocratic tendency in their former party as some of the reason they have decided to join the ruling party.
Meanwhile, PF provincial chairperson Jackson Kungu said turnaround of the people in the province to support and work with the party in power is because of the good leadership of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and feedback on the implementation of various developmental programmes and projects being witnessed in the province.
He said the people in the province have committed to work closely with the party and its leadership in order to continue fostering development in the region.
And receiving the defectors, PF Secretary General Hon Davies Mwila said the PF is the party of choice and that is why people are joining every day. He said the democracy that the party has exhibited from inception at all levels is attracting masses into the boat.
He announced that the defection of the over 2900 members from the opposition is a clear indication that the ruling party has penetrated the province which the opposition UPND boast of being their stronghold.
And Hon Mwila said President Edgar Chagwa Lungu will continue taking development to all parts of the country without segregations.
“We are receiving the defectors because we want more members in the mighty Patriotic Front. Remember that Politics is about numbers and 2021 is around the corner and because of the numbers we are attracting to ourselves i can assure you that even in 2021 general elections, PF will carry the day.
“We are in government because we have 7 provinces in our hands and i want to say that you can not givern this country with one province or two provinces! You can only lead this country when you have the majority in the 10 provinces. And i should mention here that North Western being part of our 10 provinces, government has resolved to massively develop this entire region. We made a promise in 2016 when President Edgar Chagwa Lungu came here and committed his government that he is going to finish the Chingola- Solwezi road. We have stuck to this promise as we will soon finish the now Chingola- Solwezi dual carriageway,” said the Secretary General.
He reiterated that the Head of State has made a commitment to develop every corner of this country regardless of tribe, ethnicity and political inclination.
He mentioned North Western province as a region has received attention in terms of development under his leadership.
“You have seen here in Solwezi, after we have finished with the dual carriageway, we are going to work on the Township roads inside the district. I can tell you that the PF’s 2016 slogan still stands; sonta apo wabomba. And once we deliver, 2021 will just be about ukusonta apo twabomba. You will remember that most of the districts here in North Western did not have power, they were not connected to the national grid. Now through the leadership of His Excellency, President Edgar Lungu, the majority of the districts here are now connected.”
The PF Chief Executive Officer -CEO- implored old members to embrace the new members by recruiting more members stating that politics is about numbers hence the need to continue recruiting members.