PF and UPND jostle for membership


THERE are more people joining the UPND than those leaving the party, says UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma.

And Patriotic Front secretary general Davis Chama has dismissed reports that the party had extended its adoption process for aspiring Members of Parliament and councillors because it did not have candidates with Grade 12 school certificates.

Mr Kakoma said he also does not take seriously National Revolution Party (NRP) president Dr Cosmo Mumba’s call to challenge UPND president Hakainde Hichilema for a one on one election,

Mr Kakoma in an interview yesterday said the people who have left the UPND were not a factor and that there are more people joining the party than those leaving.

“The people leaving the party are a non- factor, if you talk about Maxwell Mwale, he resigned last year from the UPND, so even when he was joining the PF he was not joining as our member, about the purported 2,000 supporters who also joined together with him I doubt if there are UPND.

“People should make their own assessment in the next five months to witness the number of people who are yet to join our party,” he said.

Mr Kakoma said the party was enjoying popularity and was eagerly waiting for the August 11th general elections.

“We will hold a press briefing on Monday and we will invite you so that you can see for yourself the number of people who will join the party,” he said.

And Mr Kakoma said he does not take NRP leader’s call to challenge Mr Hichilema for a one on one election saying Dr Mumba should concentrate on mobilising his party.

“Dr Mumba is just looking for publicity let him concentrate on mobilising his party, he was recently complaining that he could not mobilise 1,000 supporters. I do not take him seriously,” he said.

Recently, Dr Mumba challenged Mr Hichilema to a one on presidential election saying the UPND leader could not beat him.

And Mr Chama said the Patriotic Front decided to extend the adoption process because of President Lungu’s desire  to adopt more women for the positions.

“On 8th March, the President reiterated that there was need to accommodate a lot of women and reserve a 40 percent threshold. As you might be aware there are only 13 percent of women MP’s and six per cent councillors at the moment,” he said.

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