Patriotic Front (PF) Malole Member of Parliament Christopher Yaluma and his counterpart for Lukashya Alfridah Kansembe have dismissed assertions that the ruling party has lost popularity in the Northern province.
And the two senior members of the ruling party have described the decision by PF Kasama Central MP Geoffrey Mwamba to endorse opposition UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema in the January 20 Presidential by-election as his democratic right.
The MPs have since dismissed as false claims by Mr Mwamba that the ruling party is losing popularity in the area.
ZANIS reports that Mr Yaluma and Ms Kansembe said contrary to Mr. Mwamba’s assertions, PF was intact in the province.
Mr. Yaluma, who is also Energy Minister, said Mr. Mwamba’s move to support UPND president Hakainde Hichilema in the January 20, 2015 presidential election has not affected the ruling party in anyway.
He said the Kasama Central MP has only exercised his democratic right of supporting a presidential candidate of his choice.
And Ms. Kansembe said PF members in Northern Province were behind the leadership of their party president Edgar Lungu.
She said party structures at Constituency, District and Provincial levels have all endorsed the candidature of Mr. Lungu ahead of the presidential polls next month.
Ms. Kansembe has since urged PF members to remain loyal to the ideals of the ruling party.
The two MPs were reacting to Mr. Mwamba’s decision to rally behind the candidature of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema in the January 20 presidential polls in Kasama today.