Defection of Pande, others not a factor, says North West MMD

THE defection of the Kasempa Member of Parliament Kabinga Pande and two others to UPND has no effect on the party in anyway at both the province and at national level, says MMD North Western province chairperson Danny Mikosa.

Commenting on the defection of the Kasempa law maker and his two counterparts from Zambezi East Sarah Saifwanda and Ikelenge’s Elijah Muchima respectively, Mr Mikosa said the defection of the trio was long overdue.

He said the trio had not been royal to the party for a long time adding that during the 2015 presidential by election the trio  supported UPND.

“That is more reason why they were at some point expelled from the party, but there was that reconciliation and were allowed to continue being members of the party, Mr Mikosa said.

He said it was the constitutional right for the trio to choose a party they would want to work with without interference.

And Mr Mikosa has disclosed that the party in the province had started receiving application letters from aspiring candidates wishing to contest as members of parliament, councillors, council chairpersons and executive mayors.

“So far in Chavuma,Mufumbwe, Mwinilunga and Kabompo some aspiring candidates have already applied for constituency and district levels, Mr Mikosa said.Asked if any sitting  members of parliament had reapplied on their seats, Mr Mikosa responded in the negative.

“ At the moment no sitting member of parliament has applied, ”he said.

Meanwhile, Chavuma MMD Member of Parliament Kenneth Konga has indicated that he will recontest his seat on the MMD ticket.

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