About 315 opposition political party members from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and United Party for National Development (UPND) in Mpulungu district have left their parties to join the Patriotic Front.
The opposition members include the entire constituency and district leadership of NDC.
NDC district Coordinator Montfort Mwanza said his team has decided to join the PF because of its commitment to taking development to the people.
Mr Mwanza said he has seen that the PF means well for the people in Mpulungu and the country.
He explained that the nation has recorded massive development under the PF government, stating that there is need for all well-meaning Zambians to support the party that is putting their interests first.
Mr Mwanza said this when he led the defectors during a meeting in Kasakalawe area in Mpulungu.
He apologized to the PF leadership for previously opposing the works being done, saying he feels sad that there are other people who are still opposing the party.
“I feel sad that I once opposed the PF party but I have for a long time seen that it means well for the people of the entire country even where it does not have a lot of support.”
Mr Mwanza also pledged to work with the party in order to foster development.
And Mpulungu Member of Parliament Freedom Sikazwe assured the new members that the party will work with them.
Mr Sikazwe said the party in Mpulungu is ready to welcome everyone, urging them to feel free and bring in ideas, to help grow the economy.
“When you were in opposition, you had ideas and we want you to bring those ideas so that we work as a team in Mpulungu without leaving anyone behind” said Mr. Sikazwe
He assured the members that those who will work hard and deserve positions in the party will be given the same opportunity as old members.