Magande’s candidate refuses to challenge Mutinta Mazoka

Magande’s candidate refuses to challenge Mutinta Mazoka

Ng’andu Magande’s National Movement for Progressive Party (NMP)  candidate for Pemba constituency has with immediate effect ditched the party for UPND.
Announcing his resignation from NMP, Hosea Mwaana told the Watchdog in an interview that he was not ready to compete against late Anderson Mazoka’s wife Mutinta who is contesting on the UPND ticket in the area.
Mwaana together with his four councilors have resigned from NMP after successfully filing in their nominations for this month’s election. Mwaana also said he has decided to withdraw his candidature on the NMP ticket, adding that those believing in him should vote for the UPND candidate.
“I am not alone and have not made this decision under some forces, it is my choice because have seen clear leadership in the UPND, I have come here to join the UPND along with over 50 NMP members.”
Mwaana said he had decided to join the UPND because of its sincerity in issues of governance. He said the UPND was the only political party with a proper manifesto which can help Zambia address issues of high levels of poverty, unemployment and poor marketing systems.
Mwaana who is a former councilor under the MMD said for a long time now the ruling party in power was just using him to mobilize the people in the area without fulfilling its promises of building roads, schools, water borehole and pumps.
“I was a councilor under the MMD but my former party before I joined Mr. Magande’s NMP failed to live to its promises, the MMD leadership used me a thing I did not like because Pemba constituency lags behind in development and people are wondering whether we are party of this country,” he said.
And receiving the defectors, UPND Southern province Chairman Gideon Shakalima said unity was the most important assert Zambians have. “We are grateful to have you join the real change, you were our competitors in Pemba but you have decided to leave the NMP and magnpresident Magande after successfully filing in your nominations, this is a sign of reconciliation, we cannot fight one another,” he said.
Shakalima has since appealed to people in the province to embrace the real change massage the UPND leadership is constantly preaching.

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