THE UPND is not shaken by the 400 defectors to the ruling Patriotic Front in North-Western Province, says the party’s secretary general Stephen Katuka.
Over 400 UPND members from Ikelenge, Zambezi and Chavuma districts, on Tuesday this week, defected to the PF as reported by PF chairman Emmanuel Chihili.
Mr Katuka accused North-Western Province minister Dawson Kafwaya, who is Solwezi Central PF aspiring candidate, of being behind what he termed “fake” defections.
Mr Katuka, however, said it was anyone’s democratic right to make a political choice without intimidation.
He said his party was not shaken because it was still popular and remained strong in the province, adding that it was confident of winning all the seats on offer in the province during the August 11 general elections.
And Mr Katuka charged that North-Western Province belonged to the UPND and its president Hakainde Hichilema who had a heart for the people contrary to the assertions that the party was no longer popular.
He said people in the province wanted development and serious leadership and not political prostitutes.
And Mr Chihili said the PF had been receiving overwhelming support from the grassroots which was evident from the 400 defectors being received from the opposition UPND party.