15 November 2012

Zambia: PF Will Remain Focused - Kabimba

PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Wynter Kabimba has said the ruling party will remain focused to deliver national development.

Mr Kabimba who is Justice Minister has since advised Zambians to ignore politicians who were glorifying themselves through tribal and regional politics.

He was speaking when he received more than 200 defectors from the United Party for National Development (UPND) from Lusaka, Itehzi-Tehzi and Eastern province.

The members led by UPND national youth spokesperson and member of national fundraising committee Ronald Mufungulwa, were from Evelyn Hone College, National Institute for Public Administration (NIPA), Chawama, Kabwata and Kanyama townships.

Coordinators of UPND members in Matero and Munali were said to have been attacked by some party officials the previous night after learning that they wanted to join PF, a move that Mr Kabimba condemned.

"PF is centred on driving Zambia forward. This is the only political party that has rejected tribalism and regionalism. This decision you made to join us is imperative because you have come to the rightful party," he said.

"Tribalism should be condemned and I am happy that even in Western province where I recently visited, people there are no longer interested in it. Let's remain united," he said.

Earlier, Mr Mufungulwa who spoke on behalf of other defectors said they decided to join the PF because President Michael Sata had shown commitment to improving livelihood of youths in the country.

UPND Evelyn Hone College students chairperson Robison Chipili said about 80 per cent of students at the campus resorted to working with the PF and would not tolerate politics of violence.

In attendance at the occasion, were out going Lusaka Province Minister Gerry Chanda and PF Lusaka Province chairperson Geoffrey Chumbwe.

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