IMMEDIATE PAST United Party for National Development (UPND) spokesperson Hon. Charles Kakoma has said the opposition party is yet again faced with another political tsunami with the defection OF incumbent Mbabala Member of Parliament Ephraim Belemu to the PF.
Last week, Hon. Kakoma promised that there were still more members of the UPND that are going to defect to the PF.
Hon. Kakoma said the opposition party under Mr Hakainde Hichilema has faced a setback as most of its valuable members have continued to ditch the party to join the ruling Patriotic Front.
Speaking at a ceremony held to welcome Hon. Belemu, Hon Kakoma, who recently left UPND on basis of regionalisation and other irregularities, said the opposition party was shaking because they did not know the political Earthquake that had hit them.
“In UPND they are shaking now because they don’t know the political earthquake that has hit them. They are panicking. With the coming of Ephraim Belemu it will be a tsunami again,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hon. Kakoma said the response from people from all the corners of the country has been overwhelming from the time he joined the ruling PF.
“I can report that the response was overwhelming more than we expected from Solwezi to Zambezi en route to Chavuma. After my defection it has made the work easy and members are just coming on their own. The crowd was huge in all the places we visited and the reception was overwhelming. We are very grateful to the people,” he said.
“The people in Chavuma told us that they were in UPND because they followed Hon. Kakoma and now that he’s gone we are also going. We saw over 630 people joining the party and since then we have been having phone calls from people wishing to join in various parts of the country. So we are going to continue mobilizing for more people to join the winning team.”
And PF member of the National Mobilization Committee Hon Joseph Malanji said the party has been pragmatic to bring people with value on board through mobilization ventures as can be seen in the two defections.
He said Hon Kakoma has already hit the ground running in North-Western Province adding that the latest developments are still just the beginning of greater things to come.