20 November 2012

Zambia: PF Ready to Embrace MMD Defectors

PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary-General, Wynter Kabimba has reiterated that opposition MMD Members of Parliament (MP) appointed to Government and are now contemplating to join the ruling party are welcome.

Some MMD MPs, among others David Phiri of Mkaika Constituency, Kabombo East's David Chingimbu, and Solwezi East's Richard Taima were reported to be considering quitting their party to join the PF.

The resignation of the MPs would result into holding of by- elections in their respective constituencies.

Mr Kabimba, who was reacting to reports suggesting that the MMD MPs were considering crossing over to the PF, said in an interview yesterday that he would be happy to receive and embrace them once they defected.

Mr Kabimba, who is Justice Minister, said all Zambians including MMD appointed deputy ministers, were at liberty to exercise their fundamental rights to join any party of their choice such as the ruling PF party.

And the MMD on the Copperbelt is saddened with reports that some Members of Parliament from MMD intend to resign from the party and join the PF and create by elections.

Provincial information and publicity secretary Yotam Mtayachalo said in Ndola yesterday that the intended move was an assault on the country's fragile democracy as it undermined the spirit of political pluralism which the country fought in 1991.

He said although it was within their democratic right to join the party of their choice, their action would trigger by-elections which were unnecessary and costly to the nation.

Mr Mtayachalo accused the church and civil societies which were vocal during the MMD rule of being mute on such important national matters adding that the majority of Zambians lived on less than one dollar a day while the country continued to spend billions of tax payers' money on by-elections which could be avoided.

Mr Mtayachalo called on MMD MPs to emulate the PF which sacrificed and remained steadfast and provided effective opposition in the 10 years it was in the opposition.

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