The United Party for National Development (UPND) Nkana Constituency Executive in Kitwe on Wednesday defected to the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD).
Former UPND Nkana Constituency Chairman Ernest Mulebi who led the defections said they had decided to ditch the UPND because of the attractive policies the FDD as a Party were propagating.
Mr Mulebi noted that it is only the FDD which has shown genuine concern for the poor Zambians and that the Party’s policies of decentralizing the budget so that people in districts can be empowered to make financial decision would help alleviate poverty in the country.
He further said FDD president ” mama Nawakwi ” had demonstrated that she had a heart for the people as she has continued talking on their behalf even after threats on her life by cadres from the ruling party.
“We have decided to leave the UPND because we see no future in that party and we are joining FDD because it is the only decent party which is there in this country. We haven’t gone to the PF because the ruling party has no vision for the poor people in this country.
Mama Nawakwi has continued to speak for the people even after threats from the PF cadres. She is the only leader who seems to have genuine concerns on the plight of the people and we want to work with a progressive party with progressive ideas on how to move the country forward,” he said.
And FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza who received the defectors in Kitwe said the FDD is the Party of tomorrow.
Mr Mwanza said the defectors had come at the right time when the party was restructuring and preparing for party elections in readiness for the national convention by the end of the year.
“These serious defections reminds us that the FDD is the party for tomorrow and the future. FDD believes that development can never be achieved without the involvement of the people. No wonder in FDD we believe in ‘let people govern’ ,” Mwanza said amid jubilations of Nawakwi state house.
He observed that people have continued to view politics as a dirty game because of the current political leadership which lacks transparency.
” In FDD we do not want people that do not have integrity and not honest. Our president mama Edith Nawakwi is an honest leader who is concerned about the plight of our people. This is what this country needs to move forward”.
He also took a swipe at the PF government for failing to create jobs for the Zambian youths.
” Most of the youths here in Nkana constituency do not have jobs. We just hear there are funds but we don’t see them. Even your MP’s here do not come to see you, they are busy eating in Lusaka. That is why we are saying we need to change the governance system to end all this,” Mwanza said.
The opposition leader said Zambia has tested the six male president but poverty levels among the people continues swell and that it was time to try a woman who is not only qualified but had enough political experience to take forward the country both economically and socially.
” Time has come for this country to be saved from poverty and bad governance especially been witnessed under President Edgar Lungu. However, hope is not lost as the country has the best leadership in waiting of FDD and Edith Nawakwi,” he said