Some United Party for National Development (UPND) members Monday morning in Monze joined MMD members to receive MMD’s aspiring candidate for Monze central Victor Mukonka .
The UPND cadres who outnumbered the MMD members told the Watchdog that they decided to be part of the people receiving Mukonka because the current Member of Parliament has failed to live up to the promises.
Boas Chuuka said members had decided to protest by supporting and welcoming the MMD aspiring candidate because the party leadership decided to go against the people’s wishes.
The cadres who were clad in the UPND chitenge Materials converged at Golden Pillow Lodge as early as 08:00 hours before they could changinto the MMD regalia.
“Jack Mwiimbu has been retained by the party, our preferred candidate is Mr. Musute, we told the party officials that we shall vote for the MMD candidate if they don’t give us the person we want ahead of the elections this year, but what they have done is to give us someone we did not want,” said Chuuka from St Mary’s in the district.
Julie Howes who is a member of the UPND National Management Committee questioned her party over the criteria used to adopt candidates.
She said UPND leadership erred by adopting Mwiimbu because the people were tired with the current law maker.
“There is no way we can be talking about change when we want to retain and maintain the same old people at constituency level, these current Members of Parliament have outlived their usefulness and should leave room for others to do what they have failed to do,” she said.
Howes who is still UPND member said it is unfortunate that the people in the Southern province have since independence supported and worked with the opposition adding that it was high time a decision was reached at by working with those in government in order to secure development.
And Mukonka who is aspiring candidate for Monze central constituency on the ruling MMD ticket told the cheering marketers that the high levels of poverty and poor health infrastructures was as a result of poor representation at parliamentary level.
He said he had decided to leave his luxurious and lucrative job because of various demands from the people at the grassroots.
“The people of Monze you asked me to come back and help improve so many things the current MP has failed, when I was coming to this district as director of health sometimes back, I found 11 health stations and left about 22 clinics. I introduced the ART programme throughout the country and that has made me come back, have heard your demands and vote for me,” he said.
And at the same meeting nine people defected from UPND to join the MMD.