Patriotic Front (PF) central committee member Mathew Mulanda has defected to the MMD. Mr Mulanda announced his defection at Fatmols Lodge in Ndola yesterday.
Mr Mulanda said he had decided to leave the PF because the party did not have a working culture of prosperity and that of embracing other people like the MMD.
He said he had observed that he had failed to conform to the PF ways of doing things and his heart was with the MMD.
“I realised that my heart was still with the MMD as I had failed to remain in the PF. I decided to come back and I am back for good,” Mr Mulanda said.
He said he wanted to help the MMD on the Copperbelt to strengthen the organising of the party so that the MMD could win the 2011 elections.
Mr Mulanda said he was impressed with the development that was taking place in Zambia owing to President Rupiah Banda’s leadership.
He said if President Banda was given another five-year mandate, Zambia was sure to become a middle-income country.
Mr Mulanda said Mr Banda had incredible leadership skills and he had embraced the former Republican presidents, Kenneth Kaunda and Frederick Chiluba.
He said a leader should be like Mr Banda and work with other people and not the spirit that PF leader Michael Sata had towards other leaders like his United Party for National Development (UPND) Pact counterpart Hakainde Hichilema.
Mr Mulanda said the reason Mr Sata and the PF joined the pact was to get Mr Sata into State House by all means.
“It was even agreed that if by any mistake, Mr Hichilema takes the position of pact presidency, PF members should vote for President Banda,” he said.
Mr Mulanda alleged that the PF had acknowledged that President Banda was steering Zambia into the right direction but they just wanted Mr Sata to rule the country as well.
He said the pact had never been strong because of the PF attitude towards the PF-UPND Pact.
Mr Mulanda urged the MMD to continue ruling with confidence because the Government was running the country well.
And MMD Copperbelt chairperson Joseph Chilambwe said Mr Mulanda’s defection should make other PF members scrutinise their party.
Mr Chilambwe said the PF had recently seen a number of highly positioned members in the party leave because it was not a party that Zambians should rely on.
He said he had recently received phone calls from PF members that wanted to leave the party, saying that all those people were welcome.
Mr Chilambwe said he was happy Mr Mulanda, who was a member of Parliament for Chifubu and Bwana Mkubwa constituencies and a founding member of the party, had re-joined the MMD.
Meanwhile, Ndola MMD District chairperson, Cephas Katongo said it was time all members of the MMD that left to join the PF returned to the MMD.
Mr Katongo said he was happy that Mr Mulanda had returned to the MMD especially that he was a former Ndola MMD chairperson.
Mr Mulanda is one of the founding members of the MMD and served the party as Ndola District party chairperson from 1993 to 2007 when he voluntarily left the MMD.
He was an MP in Bwana Mkubwa and Chifubu constituencies in Ndola and served as Copperbelt minister.
[ Times of Zambia ]