TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary general Davies Chama says the ruling party has made significant inroads into Southern Province, which was perceived to be a stronghold of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND).
Mr Chama, who has concluded his tour of the province, said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that there is a strong political wind blowing in favour of the PF in the region.
â€œThere is a strong wind blowing towards the PF, and UPND will not manage to stop this, come next yearâ€™s elections.
â€œThe perception which has always been there that the UPND is strong in Southern Province will soon come to an end because the PF is receiving defectors from the UPND every day. The PF is gaining strength and come 2016, the opposition will be surprised,â€ he said.
Mr Chama said no-one will stop the wind blowing in favour of the ruling party in the province.
He said the party leadership is overwhelmed to note that all the PF structures are performing well in the province ahead of next yearâ€™s general elections.
Mr Chama said he is also happy that the party leadership in the region is working tirelessly in mobilising and recruiting new members ahead of the polls.
He said he met with several chiefs and that it is pleasing that the messages from the traditional leaders were about forgiveness, reconciliation, tolerance and unity.
Mr Chama said he met chiefs Chongo, Sinazongwe, Mweemba and others, who have warned against changing Government next year because such an act would have serious economic and political repercussions.
And Mr Chama has urged PF members in the country to remain resilient and defend the party if it is to remain in government after next yearâ€™s tripartite polls.
He said loyalty to the party is important and that the PF will not let down its members and Zambians.
Mr Chama called for concerted efforts to ensure promises made to Zambians by the party in 2011 are all delivered.
He said the PF has always been ready to address the challenges facing people, hence the need to give it chance in next yearâ€™s tripartite elections.
TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka