OPPOSITION United Party for National Development (UPND) Kanyama Constituency has defected to join the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) today, August, 15th, 2018.
Those who have defected include:
- Godden Chooka – UPND Kanyama Constituency Chairman
- Isaac Majulu – Constituency Youth Chairman
- Ms. Janet Hamweete – Constituency Trustee
- Ms. Doreen Mayenda – Ward 12 IPS
- Clement Mwene – Ward 10 Youth Chairman
- Ms. Yvonne Mulemeli – Ward 10 Chairlady
- Chrispin Muyaba – Ward 10 Treasurer
And speaking on behalf of the Secretary General Hon Davies Mwila, PF Lusaka District Chairman Mr. Stafford Kayame welcomed the new members and assured them that there was still sufficient room in the boat.
“We have previously been competitors but today we are here to complement each other as members of the same family, building on the vision founded by our late President Michael Chilufya Sata and now under His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. This vision is about building a better Zambia for all. You are welcome into the Boat,” he said.
He said the Secretary General had insisted that those joining the party ought to adhere to the ideals of the ruling party and has since asked them to go and bring more and more people into the boat.
“Be good ambassadors of the patriotic front. From here, go flat out and be fishers of men and women, including our youths still out there to come into the boat. This is where they belong. Let me also assure you that Zambia has a listening President in President Edgar Lungu and his PF Government. Yes, there are tough decisions that we have to take to make a better Zambia but be assured that we mean well!” he stated.
And speaking on behalf of the defectors, Mr. Chooka who has been Kanyama UPND Constituency Chairman for the last five (5) years said the decision was arrived at after witnessing PF’s development in Kanyama and other parts of Lusaka. He also bemoaned the lack of vision and clear vision in the UPND under Mr. Hakainde Hichilema.
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President Lungu congrats PF for winning 10 of the 15 by-elections conducted in North Western, Western and Luapula Provinces yesterday
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has congratulated the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) for winning 10 of the 15 by-elections conducted in North Western, Western and Luapula Provinces yesterday.
And President Lungu has also congratulated the five candidates from the opposition political parties who won the elections.
In a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe, the President has also commended all parties for their peaceful conduct during
the campaigning and the voting.
“This is as it should be. At the end of the day we are one, no matter the political differences and the different political parties sponsoring us,” President Lungu said.
UPND both individually and collectively cannot unseat the ruling party, Davies Mwila says
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Davies Mwila says the continued winning of ward elections in the UPND perceived strongholds is a sign that the opposition, both individually and collectively cannot unseat the ruling party.
In a statement, Mwila said in the recent local government by-elections, PF has won ten (10) Wards and that eight (8) of these were in the heart of the opposition UPND.
These recent victories by the PF including those ones in UPND strongholds include some of the following: Nakanya Ward of Nalikwanda, Western Province; Chabale Ward in Serenje, Central Province; Lobufu Ward in North Western Province; Nyoka Ward in North Western Province; Silumbu Ward in Sesheke, Western Province; Imusho Ward in Sioma, Western Province; and Nangweshi Ward in Sioma, Western Province among others,” Mwila said.
He urged the party structures to cement the aforementioned gains in the UPND strongholds, while continuing their efforts to replicate similar results elsewhere.
And Mwila said the continued winning of ward elections in the UPND strongholds is not a fluke but it has become a pattern.