16 January 2013

Zambia: 300 Central MMD Members Defect to PF

AT least 300 MMD members in Central Province have resigned from the former ruling party to join the Patriotic front (PF).

In Mkushi District, the members who defected together with their councillors said it was clear that the party had lost direction.

Chikanda Ward Councillor Martin Muyama and Stanford Katiti from Mwalala Ward who led the defectors said they decided to join the ruling party because the MMD had sunk into insurmountable intra-party squabbles.

The two councillors said their top leadership had failed to acknowledge that there was a problem in the party which needed urgent attention.

Some other ordinary members during the event asked other members to join the PF and said they had been forced to take such a decision because of failure by the top leadership to provide guidance and leadership, especially to the grassroot.

Receiving the defectors, Central Province Minister Phillip Kosamu said it was gratifying that they decided to join the winning team and reaffirmed the PF's commitment to ensuring that development was taken to all corners of the country in line with its manifesto.

Mr Kosamu, who is Serenje Central Member of Parliament (MP) said the PF was the only political party with a vision because it had the interests of all people at heart, regardless of their political affiliation.

In Kabwe, scores of cadres defected from the MMD to join PF, alleging that the MMD had nothing to offer.

The cadres, who were welcomed by PF Member of the Central Committee Willie Nsanda surrendered their party cadres as well as Chitenge materials.

Mr Nsanda said the PF was committed to working with everyone but asked them to maintain high standards of discipline.

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