THERE is a revolution sweeping across Northern and Luapula provinces and the United Party for National Development (UPND) has taken centre stage, Everest Chellah has claimed.
Mr Chellah, who is Northern Province UPND chairman, said the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) would be shocked with the outcome of the general elections this year.
But PF general secretary Davis Chama rubbished the claims by Mr Chellah and said the ruling party was solid in the two regions.
He said after falling out of favour with Rainbow Party where he had initially defected to, Mr Chellah had been wanting to come back to PF but was too ashamed to do so because of the bad things he said about the ruling party.
“Mr Chellah has always been making wild claims. They will need angels to come and help them achieve their claims. I have just come from Luapula and now I am in North Western Province. There is no any wind of change sweeping the two regions”.
Mr Chellah said people in the remotest parts of Northern Province were proclaiming change and that they were seeing hope and economic stability in UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.
He said it was a blessing that the UPND had been accepted by the people of Northern and Luapula provinces, adding that Zambians were no longer listening to what he termed the cheap propaganda of tribal politics in the two regions.
Mr Chellah boasted that the UPND was going to sweep Northern Province and that the opposition political party was destined to win all the 21 parliamentary seats because the wind of change had blown away the ruling party.
Mr Chellah said no one was ever going to divide Zambians on tribal lines and that even if the PF did not like it, change was coming because Zambians had decided to usher into Government a new crop of leadership that was going to be of service to citizens.
“The UPND has gone far ahead of the PF in popularity in Kasama and the entire of Northern Province. What we are experiencing in Northern Province is that even in the remotest part of the province, people are forming structures for the UPND and are saying Mr Hichilema is the next President.
‘‘In the past, people were being told not to vote for a Tonga but now they are saying they want Mr Hichilema because he has remained the only hope for Zambia’s economic and political future. There is a revolution in Northern and Luapula provinces and the PF is becoming obliterated,” he said.
Mr Chellah said the political mood in Northern Province like many other parts of the country had completely changed because there was a general feeling and consensus that the PF had failed to govern the country.
He said the ruling party had lost all its strongholds including the Copperbelt and Lusaka and that the UPND was going to win the general election with the first count of the first vote.