SOLWEZI UPND Member of Parliament Dawson Kafwaya says he will re-contest his seat on the PF ticket in the August 11 polls and has endorsed President Edgar Lungu.
And Mufumbwe Member of Parliament Stephen Masumba says UPND was a tribal party and he would never associate himself with such a political party.
Speaking at a joint press briefing at his residence in Ibex Hill yesterday, Mr Masumba rubbished rumours suggesting that he intended to join UPND.
“I will not defect, I am still PF and I will always remain PF. I would rather resign than join UPND,” he said.
Mr Masumba said UPND wanted to bring tribalism in North-Western but they would not manage.
He appealed to North-Westerners to reject Mr Hakainde Hichilema and not give him a chance to allegedly promote tribalism in the region.
Mr Masumba said HH and UPND did not mean well for Zambia and were not credible.
He assured Mufumbwe residents that he would support and campaign for President Lungu ahead of the 2016 general elections.
Mr Masumba said whether adopted or not his allegiance would remain with the Patriotic Front and President Lungu. “I would rather resign from active politics than join UPND,’’ he said.
Mr Masumba said it was shocking that some desperate individuals in the UPND were peddling lies that he was planning to join the opposition party.
He said he was confident that President Lungu would win the August 11 election with support from all provinces including the North-Western region.
Mr Masumba also implored some PF officials at grassroots level to welcome new members in order to strengthen the party.
And his Solwezi Central counterpart, Mr Kafwaya said his decision had been motivated by President Lungu’s inclusive and quality leadership.
He told the media at the press briefing that the people of North-Western Province were in support of President Lungu and the PF contrary to assertions that the party was unpopular.
Mr Kafwaya, who is Local Government and Housing deputy minister, said President Lungu was determined to develop the region despite not getting much support in the January 20, 2015 presidential election.
He vowed to campaign for President Lungu because he was a progressive leader who wanted to unite Zambia.
He said President Lungu had only been in power for one year but had managed to distribute development equally in the 10 provinces while those who had ditched PF to join UPND had nothing for their provinces despite being in Cabinet for about 10 years.