Over 300 Movement for Multi Party Democracy (MMD) members in Mkushi North have defeated to the ruling Patriotic Front.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors who gathered in Mkushi North at Mansasa deport, Agness Ng’andu who was Chikanda Ward Councillor in 2006 said people in Mkushi North have taken time to see the progressive direction which the Patriotic Front government has taken.
Ms Ng’andu said it is for this reason that members of the MMD in Mkushi North have decided to join the progressive Patriotic Front so that they too can contribute meaningfully to the development of Zambia.
She said people who voted for the MMD in 2011 general election have realised that they wasted their votes and therefore they have resorted to support the PF because of the development it has taken to the district.
The 300 defectors included Chikanda Ward Councillor Martin Munyama and Mwalala Ward Councillor Stanford Katiti.
Ms Ng’andu said members of MMD in Mkushi North are tired of being led by corrupt leaders in their former party adding that they want to move with a party with a vision for its people at heart.
Ms Ng’andu said the MMD in the forth By-elections should not waste their resources by filing in their candidates as no person will vote for them.
She said most members in the MMD are tired of associating themselves with petty insults and bad behaviours portrayed by their senior leaders.
And receiving the defectors PF central committee member and Mkushi District Chairperson John Chisanga reminded the new members to uphold discipline failure to which they will be disciplined through proper channels of the party.
Mr Chisanga said the PF is not a party for personal gain but a party with a passion for development.
He said every member should think of their positive contribution to the party and not what the party will do for them.
He said the patriotic front government does not segregate but is focused on delivering development to its people across the country.
He called on all new members who joined the PF in Mkushi to work hard and be united for development to be achieved.
Others present in welcoming the new members was Serenje Central Member of Parliament who is also Central province Minister Philip Kosamu, PF Province Chairlady Mary Lupiya and other senior party officials from the Province.