I HAVE not joined the Patriotic Front (PF) for personal benefits but I have come to serve the nation, former Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) secretary general Roy Mwaba has said.
And the entire Rainbow Party Lusaka Province executive yesterday defected to the PF.
Mr. Mwaba said this at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka yesterday when he officially joined the ruling PF.
He said he had been lured to join the PF after 20 years of experience as a trade unionist because President Edgar Lungu had demonstrated maturity and dynamism and that his decision to align himself to the ruling party had come after consultations .
“After carefully scrutinising the manifestos of various political parties currently existing, I have decided to move along with the PF because the party stands for ideals meant to improve the socio-economic status of the people of Zambia and the workers in particular. I want to join hands with the ruling party and offer my experience in the labour movement as a way of paying back to the workers who have contributed into making me what Iam today,” Mr. Mwaba said.
He said the current challenges the country was going through demanded a group of leaders who were dedicated and committed to finding solutions under the prevailing conditions and that the PF leadership had ably had demonstrated the need for the support of every Zambian.
Meanwhile, Rainbow Lusaka Province Chairperson Mulenga Mwiche said he and other senior party officials were misled to join the Rainbow party soon after its birth but that they had realised that the PF was the only party that would deliver meaningful development to the country.
Mr. Mwiche said the Rainbow party should brace itself for more defections because the people who had left PF to join its former secretary general Wynter Kabimba were not satisfied with the way the party was run and were ready to make a comeback to the party of their choice which was PF.
“All I can say is that I was in the wilderness and I have now come back home because this is a party that believes in forgiveness and reconciliation. We left and we were in the wilderness for a long time but we have heard the president’s call for unity and we have decided to come back home so that together we can move as a united family,” Mr. Mwiche said.
And welcoming Mr. Mwaba together with the defectors from PF, Mr. PF secretary general Davies Chama urged old members in PF to welcome the defectors and Mr. Mwaba to the party.
Mr. Chama said there was need for old members to embrace the new members so that they could contribute positively to the party mobilisation programme that the party will soon embark on.
He said the party was gaining ground in all the provinces and urged old PF members who had ditched the party that they were free to go back to the party. He said UPND was losing grip in the Southern Province, which was its stronghold as more people are expected to defect to the PF in the next two weeks.