PATRIOTIC Front (PF) deputy secretary-general Mumbi Phiri has implored members not to feel intimidated by newcomers but to instead embrace them to make the ruling party stronger.
And PF national youth chairperson Chishimba Kambwili has clarified that he is not opposed to former Petauke Central member of Parliament (MP) Dora Siliya joining the party but only requests her to apologise for allegedly issuing disparaging remarks against late President Sata.
Addressing over 300 MMD members who defected to the PF at Roan Antelope High School Hall in Luanshya on Saturday, Mrs Phiri said members should embrace newcomers to grow the ruling party ahead of next year’s general elections.
“PF members, do not feel intimidated as members from other political parties come to join us. Let us work together as this is making the PF even grow bigger because politics is about numbers.
“Let us work as one so that we can grow. I would like to urge other members, old members in the PF to welcome everybody. Politics is about numbers and there are no permanent enemies in politics,” Mrs Phiri said.
The entire MMD Luanshya district executive committee and members of the MMD Roan constituency executive defected to the PF.
And former Luanshya mayor Shine Mukosha said the defection of MMD members to PF is an indication that the former ruling party has collapsed.
“We have decided to join the PF because it has demonstrated the way of development in Zambia and we are able to see how taxpayers’ money is being utilised,” Mr Mukosha said.
And Mr Kambwili said he was delighted that the people he had been pursuing to join the PF for a long time have now finally decided to do so.
He said this will unite the PF in Luanshya.
“Most of these people that have come are leaders that we know, they are quality leaders. As PF in Luanshya, we welcome them and we appeal to more of those who are remaining in other small political parties to come and join the PF.
“Like I have said before, nobody should treat the newcomers with resistance, they are all welcome because politics is about numbers,” Mr Kambwili said.
And on Ms Siliya’s defection to PF, Mr Kambwili said he has not rejected her but was only incensed by her remarks.
“I just said Ms Siliya should apologise and not that she has been rejected by the party. If somebody comes freely to join the party, can you discard them? No. The mistake Ms Siliya made was her utterance towards the party,” Mr Kambwili said.