THE Patriotic Front (PF) in Kanyama Constituency has accused the UPND of conducting transactional defections to create a false impression that the opposition political party was gaining popularity in areas where the ruling party has been dominant and reigning supreme.
The ruling party in the constituency has also rubbished claims that the entire Kanyama Constituency youth leadership had defected to the UPND. It has warned former Rainbow Party provincial youth chairman Abraham Sonkani to immediately stop masquerading as an official of the ruling party.
Kanyama Constituency youth chairman Franco Mashunge yesterday led hundreds of youths in his Constituency and denounced the UPND for allegedly commercialising defections. He declared that such political migrations would not have any influence on the outcome of the 11th August general elections.
Mr Mashunge said Sonkani who claimed he had defected from the PF to UPND on Friday ceased to be a member of the ruling party in 2013. Instead, he had been a member of the Rainbow Party where he was expelled.
The PF youths yesterday gathered at their Constituency office in Kanyama chanting slogans against the UPND while praised President Edgar Lungu for having managed to unite and strengthen the party following the death of President Michael Sata.
Mr Mashunge said the Kanyama Constituency was intact and that Mr Sonkani was politically homeless as he had been hopping from one political party to another. He stressed that his joining the UPND was more of a transaction than an ideological belief.
He claimed that the recent defections that UPND had been boasting about were nothing but a propaganda stint whose modus operandi was anchored on financial gains for those who were being paraded as defectors from the PF and other political parties.
“I am the current Kanyama Constituency youth chairman and I know that Mr Sonkani ceased to be a member of the PF after I defeated him at the elections in 2013. After Wynter Kabimba was expelled from the PF, Mr Sonkani joined the Rainbow Party and was appointed Lusaka Province youth chairman but did not last as he was expelled. He lied to the UPND that he was a PF official. He is masquerading. My advice is that he must immediately stop impersonating because that is a criminal offence,” Mr Mashunge said.
He said the youths in Kanyama and other parts of Lusaka would ensure President Lungu was re-elected, so he could have his own mandate after completing the term office for late President Sata.
Mr Mashunge said President Lungu had demonstrated that he was a good leader who was humble and close to the electorates. He had further exhibited unique humility as Head of State.
He claimed that the UPND would remain in the opposition for a long time because Zambians were not ready to change leadership for the sake of it. Mr Mashunge has urged the youths in Kanyama and the country in general to adhere to President Lungu’s clarion call for non-violent campaigns because Zambians were more interested in what leaders would do than being subjected to violent and barbaric language.