THE ruling Patriotic Front (PF) in Livingstone is disappointed with the defection of its former Southern Province chairlady Alice Simango and former Ministry of Justice permanent secretary for administration Joseph Akafumba to the UPND.
The PF has however wished the two leaders well in UPND.
Commenting on the defections of the duo to UPND, PF Livingstone district youth chairperson Obby Mweemba said despite the defection of Mrs. Simango and Mr. Akafumba the ruling party has remained intact.
“We are disappointed with our mother, Mrs. Simango’s defection to the UPND because she fought her way into the party up to the position of provincial chairlady only for her to leave now. But one thing we know about her is that she has been in all political parties.
“As a party, we are now worried with the people that join the PF because we do not know their motives just like what has happened. We have learnt our lesson not to trust some of these people,” Mr Mweemba said. He said the whole Southern Province was looking at her as a mother and wondered whether the UPND could manage to keep her.
“We wish her and the UPND well and we only hope that the UPND will know how well to keep her because the PF in power has failed….maybe that is the way of doing politics,” Mr Mweemba said.
On Mr Akafumba, the PF Livingstone district youth chairperson said the party was not worried about him because he was well known by members of the ruling party.
“We know Mr Akafumba well and he lost twice in Livingstone, so the party cannot shiver about him. Yes he was our provincial chairman but since he has decided to leave there is nothing that we can do but only to wish him well in his political career.”
But the UPND in Livingstone has said those underestimating the defection of Mr. Akafumba and Mrs. Simango were doing so at their own peril.
Neto Halwabala said Mr Akafumba and Mrs Simango were senior ruling party officials who worked hard in building the party in the province.
He said the defection of the duo was a clear sign that the PF had nothing to offer anymore.
He was speaking in an interview with the Daily Nation in Livingstone.