…as mass defections loom
By Nation Reporter
THE United Party for National Development (UPND) will soon suffer mass exodus of its members following their recent defeat in the general elections, Edwin Lifwekelo has predicted.
Yesterday, UPND deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo led the way as he resigned from the opposition party to rejoin the PF for which he was among the party’s founding members and its first secretary general.
Mr Lifwekelo who led the entire UPND Kabwata Constituency said he was rejoining PF because it had always been his home having been one of the founders of the party in 2001.
Mr Lifwekelo has predicted that there shall be mass defections from the UPND because many members were disgruntled and know that the opposition party would never form government.
“I am coming back home. I have reflected deeply and come to the conclusion that PF is my home. There are many who will be leaving the UPND because there is no future in the opposition party,” Mr Lifwekelo said.
And re-elected PF Mandevu Member of Parliament Jean Kapata said the party has opened its doors to all those wishing to return to work for the people of Zambia, as she disclosed that there were more and more defections expected across the country.
She said Mr Lifwekelo, being the first PF secretary general who actually registered the party in 2001, was merely returning home to the party he founded alongside other founding members with the late president Michael Sata.
“Mr Edwin Lifwekelo has led about 40 mostly Kabwata constituency UPND officials to the ruling PF because they have seen that it’s a progressive party.
“For (Mr) Lifwekelo, he is merely returning home because he was the first party SG who actually registered the PF, and this is not a one-off activity. We expect many more defections especially in Lusaka and the Copperbelt,” Ms Kapata said.
Ms Kapata, however, cautioned that the party would not keep its open door strategy for everybody, more especially those perceived to be members of the cartel as they betrayed the party out of their own selfishness.
“Those who want to work with us we shall welcome them, except for the cartel. Those people betrayed the party and even wanted to destroy it.
“They can come back, but they should not expect any special treatment. So if they do come, it should be done quietly and they must begin at the grassroots,” she said.