UPND downplays Kapita’s defection

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (right) welcomes Richard Kapita (left) when he joined the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) at Freedom Square in Mwinilunga on Saturday, May 16, 2015.PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE © 2015

The United Party for National Development (UPND) in North Western province says the decision by its former vice president Richard Kapita to join the ruling Patriotic Front has not party handicapped in anyway.

Provincial vice Chairperson Mark Kalemba has told QFM correspondent Lyton Ngambo in Solwezi today that Mr Kapita is replaceable.

Mr Kalemba says Mr Kapita not helped the people of North western province in any way during his time in the UPND hence his going is not regrettable.


Mr. Kalemba has since urged UPND members to remain united and prepare for the 2016 tripartite elections.

He has further stated that people should not just be jumping from one political party to another for personal gain but for development.

Mr Kapita defected to the PF on Saturday during a rally addressed by President Edgar Lungu in Mwinilunga.

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  1. Bob Marley says in this whole life we’re coming in from the storm………when one door is closed another is open! Kapita closed his UPND door and opened the PF one thus leaving opportunity for someone to open the UPND one. No need to cry for already spilt milk. My only issue with Mr Kapita is if there is any truth that his “defection” was induced with a “ka something” then I’d wish him ill luck for robbing the citizenry their dignity who stood by him when he needed support for self gratification!