21 UPND, MMD, FDD, NAREP members defect to UNIP

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The opposition United National Independence Party (UNIP) is bragging that it is regaining its lost strength in the political arena.


Receiving defectors from UPND, MMD, FDD, NAREP and Heritage party, UNIP president Tilyenji

Kaunda thanked the cadres for their bold decision to join the former ruling party in the new year.


Mr. Kaunda said his party will give the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) a good run now and up general elections in 2016.


He has urged those that were still in doubt concerning joining Zambia’s oldest political party to reconsider their stance.


The UNIP leader said this during a card renewal exercise held at Matero Community hall in Lusaka today.

Mr. Kaunda has urged party members not to relent in their efforts to persuade more people to join UNIP.


He also asked UNIP members to desist from insults but instead explain the policies of the party to the people.


Mr. Kaunda said UNIP was a ‘tested’ party that governed the country and led Zambians for 27 years.

Mr. Kaunda renewed his membership, followed by his vice, Njekwa Anamela and other senior and ordinary party members.


The card renewal exercise was attended by members of the central committee, provincial, district, constituency, branch and ward officials.


And former UPND member in Matero constituency Ben Mulenga said his former party was becoming unpopularity because of tribalism.


Mr. Mulenga, who led 20 other opposition members in officially defecting to UNIP in Lusaka this morning, said there was selfishness in the UPND leadership.


But UPND Secretary General Winstone Chibwe said the party was not tribal noting that it has embraced all tribes in its hierarchy.


Mr. Chibwe said the party was not affected in any way by the defection of Mulenga and his colleagues.


He added that the UPND was still intact in structure and strong in operations.