Fr Frank Bwalya has dissolved his political party, Alliance for Better Zambia (ABZ), and has instead opted to re-join the ruling Patriotic Front (PF), together with his members.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Fr Bwalya said the decision to join PF follows the solid working relationship which his party has had with the PF and its President Edgar Lungu, especially in the run up to the January 20 presidential election.
Fr Bwalya said the relationship between ABZ and PF had been characterized by a strong desire for a long term partnership with PF which resulted in a successful political courtship.
He said he together with all other ABZ members joined the PF because they believed that the country was presently marred by tribalism and too much politicking and needed a stable and focused political leadership that spent more resources and time on addressing challenges being faced by the people.
Fr Bwalya clarified that by joining the PF, he had not sold the ABZ to the PF.
He said all ABZ members that had joined the ruling PF had done so in their individual capacity and were free to leave PF if they wanted. ABZ Trustee Chairperson Janet Chileshe said party members who include Fr Bwalya join the PF at various structures of their wish.
“Fr Bwalya ceases to be president of Alliance for a Better Zambia with immediate effect and all party members shall join PF at various party levels as they wish,” he said.
Ms Chileshe said members of the team of trustees who were in good standing with the ABZ would now take charge of the party until further notice. She commended Fr Bwalya and all the former members of the national executive team for the excellent work they did to keep ABZ vibrant from the time it was formed. Ms Chileshe said she had no doubt that they would add value to PF and thanked all former ABZ sponsors for their financial support.
“I will be failing in my duty if I don’t commend President Edgar Lungu for his big heart and his willingness to embrace progressive groups in our country. We wish him good health and wisdom,” he said.