SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Monze
THREE hundred and six people in Bweengwa constituency in Monze have defected from the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) to the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).
During the meeting, some people clad in UPND regalia joyously took them off while chanting PF logans.
Fanwell Kabanji, who served as UPND vice-publicity secretary for Keemba ward said he decided to join the ruling party because he wants to work with a party that is bringing development in the country.
â€œI no longer want to be in the opposition UPND but I want to join and work with the PF because it has formed a government that is bringing a lot developmental works and promoting unity,â€he said.
Praxtridah Gajamba said she has decided to join the PF because of its agenda to empower women to enable them support their families effectively.
And PF national mobilisation committee chairperson Paul Moonga welcomed the new members to the PF and urged the electorate in Bweengwa constituency to vote wisely and not on tribal grounds.
â€œThe PF Government is working to develop the country and let us not be cheated when we can see the work it is doing.Â Do not let people come here to cheat you when they want your votes, this is a time to wake up,â€he said.
Mr Moonga urged the electorate to be cautious of politicians claiming to be rich and who only turn to them for their votes and do not care about their welfare.
Later in an interview, PF Monze vice-chairman Francis Bwembya called upon Government to extend the National Registration Cards (NRCs) sensitisation programme to Bweengwa constituency where many potential voters do not have the national identity cards.
â€œWe have conducted mobilisation tours and have found that people living in Namalyo, Nyimba, Nwilile and Kabungwe need NRCs and we are hoping that the Government will come fast to conduct registrations,â€ he said.
Meanwhile, NANCY SIAME reports in Lusaka that PF national mobilisation vice-chairman Nigel Mpakateni has called on all party members to unite and mobilise themselves in readiness for next yearâ€™s general elections.
Mr Mpakateni said the 2016 Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government elections are nearing and that the party needs to start mobilising all its structures to enable it comfortably win the polls.
â€œPF has had many new members from different opposition political party and these new members have been handed over to the district officials for political continuity,â€ he said.
He urged party officials to welcome all new members in their wards, constituencies, districts and provinces with â€œopen handsâ€ like President Lungu has been doing.
Mr Mpakateni said politics is about numbers and the party must continue to welcome and embrace new members.
â€œTo the new comers, please feel free to open up to your new found progressive party and friends and share your ideas on how to work better and build the party,â€ he said.
SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Monze