FORMER Kasempa Member of Parliament Kabinga Pande says he visited State House on Thursday to see President Edgar Lungu as republican president.
Mr Pande said his presence at State House did not mean that he had defected from the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) to the Patriotic Front (PF).
The former MP, who recently defected from the MMD to join the UPND, was on Thursday spotted having a meeting at State House with President Lungu in the company of Katuba aspiring Member of Parliament Jonas Shakafuswa and former Home Affairs minister Lameck Mangani, among other notables.
Mr Pande said the Head of Sate invited him to State House and that was why he was there.
He said he accepted to visit President Lungu in his capacity as republican President and PF president.
“He called me and I went to State House to visit him,” Mr Pande said.
He told Daily Nation in an interview that he was still a member of the UPND.
Mr Pande also clarified that he had decided not to stand on any ticket in his former constituency, Kasempa.
Mr Pande ditched MMD together with other 12 MPs after the former ruling party was plagued by a series of squabbles among the top leadership.
He was among the 12 MPs who turned against the leadership of Dr Nevers Mumba and endorsed UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema for the August 11 elections.