By Nation Reporter
UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) has suffered a setback after about 341 members including the entire Solwezi Central executive committee ditched the opposition political party and joined the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).
Leading other defectors yesterday at a public rally held at Kimasala school grounds, former Solwezi Central UPND chairperson Evans Maningi said he was impressed with the developmental projects which the ruling party had initiated in various parts of the country including Solwezi district.
Mr Maningi said he cannot continue aligning himself with the opposition political party because it had no future.
‘’We have decided to ditch our former party today because we have found it incumbent that we should align ourselves with the party in power. The PF Government has done a lot in the country including Solwezi,’’ Mr Maningi said.
Receiving the defectors, PF Solwezi Central parliamentary candidate Dawson Kafwaya said the defectors have done the right thing because any individual has a right to join a party of their choice.
He said the PF was delivering its promises to the people and will continue to ensure the livelihoods of the poor Zambians were improved.
He explained that it was a shame that some opposition leaders where even politicizing some of the developmental projects Government had embarked on in the district.
Mr Kafwaya, who is Local Government and Housing deputy minister, said the Government would not relent in its efforts to taking development to all parts of the country irrespective of regional and tribal politics.
“The fruits of the PF are everywhere to see, we have taken development to all parts of the country including Solwezi, and that is why you should not listen to opposition parties,’’ he said.
He praised the defectors and described their decision as courageous, adding that there was nothing better than supporting a party in power which he claimed cared for the people of Zambia.
And Mr Kafwaya has urged voters in the district to elect the PF and President Edgar Lungu in the August 11 polls so that there was continuity of development in the country.
Speaking at the same function, PF Solwezi district executive mayor candidate, Lt Gen Sande Kayumba appealed to the electorate to vote for him so that he could use his experience to change the face of Solwezi.