ZAMBIANS are looking for change of government and the wind of change that is going to blow the Patriotic Front (PF) out of power has started from Northern Province, United Party for National Development (UPND) vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has said.
But PF deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri has charged that it was politically unattainable for the UPND to become the most dominant political party in the country because the ruling party had gained significant ground in its popularity.
Mr Mwamba, popularly known as GBM, claimed that Northern Province had become a stronghold of the UPND because the people in the region were allegedly not happy with the current crop of leaders in the ruling party.
Mr Mwamba said most of the PF members were miserable because they could not understand why they ruling party had completely shifted its original ideology and were promulgating policies that had allegedly left many Zambians poorer.
He claimed that if the general elections were to be brought forward, the PF would get shocked because the UPND would win by more than 50 percent in the first round of the tripartite elevction.
Mr Mwamba said the economy had collapsed and that many Zambians including those in the ruling party had been badly affected and that was why the UPND had become a party of choice.
Mr Mwamba said Zambians had resolved to change government and that they were looking up to UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema as the solution to the economic challenges the country was facing.
“The UPND has overtaken the PF in terms of popularity in Northern Province and that is where the wind of change has started from. Zambians are looking for real change because they have realized that they were duped.
‘‘Wherever we have been, Zambians are talking about change and if the general elections were to be brought forward, the PF would be shocked because the UPND and Mr Hichilema would be able to win by more than 50 percent of the vote in the first count.
‘‘In fact I must thank Zambians for not having voted for the UPND in January this year because we would not have found it easy to govern with the current economic situation,” Mr Mwamba said.
But Mrs Phiri, who is the PF deputy secretary general, said Mr Mwamba and his UPND should continue fantasizing that they would win the elections next year because the reality was that the ruling party would continue to govern for a long time to come.
Mrs Mumbi said the traditional leadership in Northern Province was not happy that Mr Mwamba had betrayed them by joining the UPND and were waiting for the right time to show the Kasama parliamentarian that he was a finished politician.
She claimed that Mr Mwamba was of no political consequence in Northern Provinc, adding that he and his campaign team were chased in Mpika because they did not want the presence of the UPND in the region.
“Let Mr Mwamba and his UPND continue boasting but we are not sitting idle as the PF. In voter registration, we have taken over the UPND and we are leading on the Copperbelt.
‘‘The PF has remained the most attractive political party and we are going to win the elections next year without problems.
Let them dream on but governing the country is our responsibility,” Mrs Phiri said.