By KALOBWE BWALYA
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has come to the aid of 87 opposition UPND members who were allegedly abandoned by their party after being ferried from Solwezi to offer solidarity to their leader Hakainde Hichilema during his presidential nomination last Wednesday.
And the UPND cadres have since ditched their party and joined the ruling Patriotic Front ( PF).
Lusaka province PF chairperson Kennedy Kamba said it is shocking that a person aspiring for the highest office in the land went against the COVID 19 guidelines and risked the lives of the people in name of gaining political mileage.
Mr Kamba said that the move showed how desperate some opposition leaders are to be presidents when they cannot even take care of their own members who they had ferried from another province.
Mr Kamba said the Head of State has provided transport and other logistics to the victims.
Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of the members Annie Tolopo said the 87 members were abandoned and spent three nights in the cold at the Inter City Bus terminus.
Ms. Tolopo said the people felt used after offering support to Mr. Hichilema then later abandoned without food or water. She further thanked President Edgar Lungu for coming to their aid and provide food and transport for them. Ms. Tolopo said this at the PF Lusaka Province offices before leaving for Solwezi yesterday.