Nalumango defects to UPND

Mutale Nalumango (centre)

THE opposition MMD has suffered another setback with former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Mutale Nalumango defecting to the United Party for National Development (UPND).

Ms Nalumango, who is former Information and Broadcasting Services Minister in the MMD administration, said she wanted to work with a vibrant opposition political party.

She urged the Patriotic Front (PF) Government to foster good governance systems, saying currently the ruling party had departed from democratic principles.

She was speaking in Lusaka yesterday at UPND secretariat where she announced her defection from MMD.

Ms Nalumango opposed the removal of fuel and maize subsidies, saying the move would make the poor people particularly those in rural areas poorer.

Meanwhile, the National Restoration Party (NAREP) has announced the adoption of Samuel Sikaonga as its candidate for the forthcoming Feira Parliamentary by-election set for June 20, this year.

NAREP national secretary Evan Kamanga said in a statement that the party would also participate in the Chipata Central, Kafulafuta, Mkushi North and Solwezi parliamentary by-elections.

He has since appealed to all Zambians, including women, wanting to contest the vacant seats during the by-elections slated for July 25, 2013.

via Times of Zambia