THE Patriotic Front (PF) in Shibuyunji says the Rainbow Party will be the strongest competitor to the UPND in next year’s election and not the PF.
PF Shibuyunji district chairman Joseph Kasonde says the Rainbow would create “a fertile political ground” for the ruling party to win the 2016 general election easily.
Mr Kasonde said in an interview in Lusaka that the Rainbow would share votes with UPND in 2016 because it was founded by someone from the area where the UPND was enjoying massive support.
He said UPND supporters in Shibuyunji area were likely to shift from the UPND to the Rainbow Party.
“This Rainbow Party is welcome on the political scene. We know that it is going to be a competitor not to us but to the UPND and they will be sharing votes amongst themselves, meaning that we will have a better advantage in 2016 general election.
“Shibuyunji is an area that has been a stronghold for the UPND, so this time around when you have another party in the name of Rainbow Party, which is formed by a person who is a resident of Shibuyunji, we know that it will not be a competitor to us,” he said.
Mr Kasonde said the formation of the Rainbow Party was bad for the opposition but good for the ruling party as it would provide PF impetus to gain more ground and easily sail to victory in 2016.
He warned that PF in Shibuyunji would take disciplinary action against members playing double standards by holding dark corner meetings with the opposition.
The district chairman said after the presidential election it has become clear that some members were working with the opposition.
“We have moved a step further to make sure that those people that are trying to play double standards are done away with because we want serious leadership,” he said.
Mr Kasonde, however, said the ruling party was enjoying a lot of support from the local people even though the area was a stronghold for the UPND.