UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) Lusaka Province trustee Davis Kangwa along with over 200 members of the opposition party have defected to the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).
Mr Kangwa described UPND president Hakainde Hichilema’s hopes of becoming President next year as wishful thinking.
Speaking when he defected to the PF in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Kangwa said Mr Hichilema’s bid for the presidency is wishful thinking.
He said President Lungu and the PF administration have laid down a solid foundation for developing the country.
“For those that have remained in the UPND, please come join us in the PF. Come join a progressive party whose fundamentals in fostering infrastructure development has paid off in the last four years.” Mr Kangwa said.
He wondered why opposition leaders like Mr Hichilema have continued to attack President Lungu over the slump in copper prices on the international market, which the head of State has no control over.
PF Lusaka Province chairlady Margaret Nguni, who received the defectors, said the new members have joined an all-embracing political party.
“I welcome you all to the PF some of you who held portfolios in UPND will be offered similar positions or other roles so that we can utilise your skills and strengths, “Mrs Nguni said.
And PF founder member Charity Banda says she will not allow anyone to continue insulting President Lungu, KELVIN CHONGO and SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA report.
Ms Banda, who is Kafue district commissioner, said PF will also not tolerate members of those from opposition parties to insult the head of State.
“We have for a long time as PF tolerated people that have continued insulting and disparaging President Lungu but this must come to an end with immediate effect,” she said.
Ms Banda was reacting to PF member Racheal Chileshe who has accused President Lungu of allegedly sidelining founder members in a video on social media.