By Nation Reporter
ENSTRANGED former Lusaka Province minister Mulenga Sata’s attempt to defect with several Patriotic Front (PF) councillors in Lusaka flopped as most of the civic leaders he visited and attempted to coerce into joining the UPND rejected his idea.
Mr Sata, on the eve of his defection to the UPND, allegedly visited the residence of Humphrey Kapapula, the councilor of Lubwa Ward 15 in Lusaka Central, and pleaded with him to defect to the opposition political party.
Mr Sata also wanted Mr Kapapula to convince Lusaka deputy mayor Portifer Tembo to join them but the civic leader refused to have a meeting with Mr Sata.
Mr Sata also allegedly contacted Robson Kalota, a councillor in Munali constituency, who also rejected his manoeuvres to smuggle the civic leaders to the UPND because his loyalty and that of other councllors in the city were to the Patriotic Front (PF) and President Edgar Lungu.
Mr Kapapula said in an interview yesterday that Mr Sata went to his residency on Monday night and asked him to join the UPND because he (Sata) had decided to resign from his ministerial position and had joined the opposition political party.
He said he did not see the reason of abandoning the PF, the party he had worked hard for and behave like an opportunist by joining the UPND, the party he had always differed with ideologically.
Mr Kapapula said he also talked to Mr Katota, the civic leader from Munali, against following Mr Sata because his reasons for leaving the ruling party were not in the interest of Zambians.
Meanwhile, the Patriotic Front in Lusaka has applauded Mr Kapapula and Mr Katota for rejecting Mr Sata’s scheme of auctioning the PF to the UPND.
PF Lusaka district information and publicity secretary Wellington Musonda said the ruling party in Lusaka was going to remain loyal to President Lungu who was working hard to unite the PF and develop the country.
Mr Musonda said Mr Sata was a lonely man who had no following because of the attitude of being non-interactive and that his departure from the PF was good riddance because the ruling party was bigger than any individual.