LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary general Davies Chama says former Petauke member of Parliament Dora Siliya enjoys support from the grassroots in the constituency.
And in Lusaka, United Party for National Development secretary for elections and mobilisation Kelvin Mayondi and Lusaka Province vice-chairperson Dominic Chawinga have resigned from their positions to join the PF.
Mr Chama says all PF aspirants in the June 30 Petauke Central by-election have pledged to support a popular candidate.
In an interview yesterday, Mr Chama said the people who were demonstrating against Ms Siliyaâ€™s intention to contest the election are alien to Petauke Central.
â€œWe had a meeting with all aspiring candidates who have applied to contest the forthcoming by-election in Petauke under the PF and Ms Siliya was also in attendance.
â€œThe aspirants expressed shock at the reports and two of them decided to pull out of the race to support a popular candidate who will be picked by the party,â€™â€™ he said.
Mr Chama said party members are united and will deliver the seat to the ruling party.
He said PF membership in Eastern Province is growing and that during his stay in the province, he received many defectors to the party.
The secretary general said PF is the only party with structures on the ground.
Mr Chama said the party will continue with membership mobilisation in readiness for the 2016 general elections.
He said people of Eastern Province are happy with Governmentâ€™s performance because of the many development projects that are being implemented.
Meanwhile, TEDDY KUYELA in Lusaka reports that Mr Mayondi and Mr Chawinga resigned from UPND to join the PF yesterday.
National Restoration Party chairperson for mobilisation Nigel Mpakateni has also resigned from his position to join the ruling party.
This is according to Radio Phoenix news monitored in Lusaka yesterday.
Announcing their resignation and subsequent defection to the PF, Mr Mayondi said President Lunguâ€™s government is all-inclusive unlike other parties.
Mr Chawinga said he resigned from UPND because President Lungu needs support from every Zambian to develop the country.
Mr Mpakateni said he left his party because of the open-door policy of the PF.
And receiving the defectors, Lusaka Province chairperson Horace Longwe called for the recruitment of more members.
Mr Longwe has since urged the defectors to work hard to get various positions.
LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka