About 519 members of the(NDF) party in Nchelenge district have defected to the Patriotic Front (PF).
The group, led by former NDF Nchelenge Constituency Chairperson, David Kapenda, cited failure by party leader, Benjamin Mwila, to run the party as the reason for defecting.
In a walk-in interview with ZANIS, Mr Kapenda, who was accompanied by six PF leaders, alleged that the entire Constituency Executive and District Executive committees have resigned from the party.
Mr Kapenda said the decision to defect was arrived at during a meeting held at Ray of Joy School in Nchelenge on December 23, 2009.
He said it was resolved during the meeting to resign from the party because the NDF leader, who is also Nchelenge Constituency Member of Parliament, has failed to deliver on all the promises he made to the electorates.
Mr Kapenda accused Mr Mwila of not offering any form of support to the party for administration and member-recruitment.
He said most members of the NDF in Nchelenge district also feel betrayed by the decision by Mr Mwila to choose only members from Lusaka to represent the party at the National Constitutional Conference at the expense of members in Nchelenge where he has been receiving a lot of support.
Mr Kapenda described NDF as a dead party which has no future on the Zambian political scene as it has presence only in Nchelenge District.
He said the people of Nchelenge have lost faith in Mr Mwila’s leadership because of his failure to visit the area to check on the problems being faced.
He said 68 members have defected from Kabuta Ward, 36 from Mwatishi Ward, 50 from Kilwa Island Ward and 66 from Kashikishi ward.
Mr. Kapenda said 51 members have defected in Chilongo Ward, 28 in Kasamba ward, 31 in Katofyo ward, 28 in Mulwe and a total of 137 in Mofwe, Chisenga Island and Mofwe Wards.
And welcoming the defectors, PF Nchelenge Constituency Chairperson, Victor Chansa, expressed delight at the new-comers to the party.
He said the defection to the party is a sign of good leadership in the PF which should be emulated by other political parties.
Efforts to get a comment from NDF President, Benjamin Mwila, proved futile as his cell phone was unreachable.