A former United Party for National Development (UPND) councilor in Mushindamo district Godfrey Safali, affirmed the difficulties opposition councilors experience in delivering development to their wards in opposition dominated councils.
Mr Safali said, during his reign as a ward representative, he presented all the people’s concerns to the council but nothing fruitful materialized because the council in the district is full opposition sympathizers.Mr Safali said as a result he was prompted to resign from the opposition and join the ruling Patriotic Front party in order to ensure that people’s concerns in the ward are addressed.
He said this at Kang’wena primary school yesterday during a public rally addressed by Vice-President Inonge Wina to drum up support for PF candidate Steven Kasono in the July 26 Kang’wena ward by-elections.Earlier, on arrival at Solwezi airport, Ms Wina received over 100 defectors from the UPND and MMD in Mufumbwe and Solwezi districts.
Mrs Wina appealed to old members to embrace those joining the party in order for it to continue growing and maintaining its national character.
Speaking on behalf of other 30 MMD defectors, former Kamalamba ward councilor Pastor Luckson Mulumbi said they decided to join the PF because they want to support the party in power achieve its developmental vision for the province.
And Former UPND Mufumbwe district secretary Crispin Lupembe said he ditched his former party because of President Edgar Lungu’s sound leadership and the massive development taking place not only in Mufumbwe but the province as a whole.
And Northwestern province PF Chairperson Jackson Kungo said the new members the party keeps receiving is a plus to the party’s growth ahead of 2021 general elections.