UPND Crumbles In Lamba Land

UPND Crumbles In Lamba Land.

THE United Party for National Development ( UPND) has continued crumbling in Lambaland on the Copperbelt with 281 members in Lufwanyama district defecting to the electoral alliance between the Patriotic Front ( PF) and the Movement for Multiparty Democracy ( MMD).

Lufwanyama district alliance mobilisation committee member Fairchild Fundanga said in an interview in Kitwe on Thursday that the UPND has lost ground in Lambaland.

Mr Fundanga, who recently resigned from UPND, said the massive defections the opposition party has continued suffering is a clear demonstration that Zambians cannot be swayed to change a working government.

Mr Fundanga served as UPND Lufwanyama district vice- chairman for administration before rejoining the MMD following the formation of an alliance with the PF. He said 32 more people have also ditched the Rainbow Party to be part of what he termed as formidable alliance between the MMD and PF. “ We are glad that the painstaking decision we made with my colleagues to rejoin the MMD has started bearing fruits following the continued mass defections by both UPND and Rainbow Party members.

“ The latest being the 313 people who have joined the MMD in recognition of the existing formidable alliance with the PF. Two hundred and eighty- one defectors are from the UPND while 32 are from the Rainbow Party,” Mr Fundanga said.

He said the opposition party should brace itself for more defections as the country heads towards the August 11 general elections.

“ Some officials from Bulaya, Mushingashi, Mukumbo and Sokontwe and some UPND aspiring councillors have pledged to campaign for MMD parliamentary candidate Annie Munshya but have maintained that they will support their council chairperson candidate Moses Chiyuka,” Mr Fundanga said.

He said the Lufwanyama district alliance mobilisation committee is on a mission to dismantle UPND structures in the area and Lambaland in general to deliver victory for President Lungu and alliance candidates.