KABWE’S Kangomba ward MMD councillor Jasen Mzeche has withdrawn his recent defection to the Patriotic Front (PF), barely days after writing the resignation letter.
But the MMD has said Mr. Mzeche has withdrawn his letter of resignation because he is scared of losing the election should he be adopted by the PF.
Speaking in an interview with the Daily Nation in Kabwe, Town Clerk Oliver Muuka said the civic leader wrote a letter of resignation to his sponsoring party, the MMD, copied to his office on Friday last week but withdrew it on Monday.
Mr. Muuka said Mr. Mzeche did not officially write to him as town clerk.
“What happened is that I was not in the office on Friday, so he wrote a letter to his party MMD and copied it to my office but on Monday again he withdrew it. So technically, we can say that he has not resigned and there won’t be a by-election in Kangomba ward,” said Mr. Muuka
On Saturday, during a ceremony to welcome Works, Supply and Communications deputy minister James Kapyanga who is also Kabwe Central member of Parliament, acting Kabwe district PF chairman Richard Bango disclosed that Mr. Mzeche had defected to the PF alongside other MMD supporters.
Mr. Bango said his party was preparing to immediately start canvassing for votes in the ward as a gift to President Edgar Lungu for appointing Mr. Kapyanga.
And UPND provincial youth chairman Milner Mwanakampwe said by-elections were a cost to the treasury.
Mr. Mwanakampwe however said that his party was ready to field a candidate and dismissed Mr. Muuka’s assertion of the letter reaching him on Friday.
He said Mr. Mzeche resigned a long time ago and only grew cold feet after seeing the huge gathering at a rally organised by the UPND over the weekend.
Efforts to get a comment from the civic leader proved futile as he was unreachable by phone.