United Party for National Development (UPND) deputy secretary general for administration, Patrick Mucheleka says the people of Zambia are fed up with the hardships they are facing under the PF leadership.
Speaking when he welcomed two PF councillors Mr Kelvin Mwape of Kakoswe ward and Martin Sikazwe of Mwembeshi ward in Mwansabombwe in Luapula Province , Mr Mucheleka noted that the PF has continued suffering numerous political setbacks owing to its poor leadership style and lack of touch with the grassroots.
He said that had the UPND been reckless in its political discourse, it would have instigated numerous by-elections, but that as a party at the verge of forming Government, it was imperative that it stopped councillors who wanted to resign from the PF so that the country’s meagre resources could be preserved.
Mr Mucheleka, who is former Lubansenshi MP, stated that the decision by the two councillors was an indication that the PF had lost touch with the grassroots.
Mr Mucheleka also noted that it was fallacy for the PF to allege that it still had a stronghold adding that all Zambians had reached a point of no return and were waiting for the right time to boot them out of power
He has, however, stressed that the cost implications attached to by-elections has made the UPND to restrain a myriad of PF councillors who had been approaching it with the intent to join the opposition political party.
He stated that the PF would someday wake up to a rude shock if they continued dwelling in the illusion of popularity due to the huge number of stage-managed elections in which they have been emerging victorious.
Mr Mucheleka said the UPND was a party with an open door policy which was willing to join the band wagon in order to transform the lives of the Zambian people.
Mr Mucheleka has also challenged the PF to bring back Bill 10 of 2019 to Parliament if they think they are still popular with the Zambians.
He has since warned the PF to stay away from making endless phone calls to the two councillors with offers of material and financial gifts with the intent to lure them back to the ruling party, saying the two councillors have the democratic right to belong to a party of their choice.
And in resignation letters seen by the media, the two councillors stated that they have been prompted to ditch the ruling party due to lack of meaningful development in their respective wards.
The councillors have vowed not to go back to the PF.
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