Defections don’t win elections – Mhango

POLITICAL parties should not celebrate each time they receive defectors because such political migrations often do not have any effect on the results of the elections, Stanley Mhango has said.  

Mr Mhango who is a governance activist said defections during election times were a common feature in Zambian politics but did not have any influence on the outcome of the elections.

Commenting on the recent defections of former Ministry of Justice permanent secretary Joseph Akafumba and former Southern Province Minister Alice Simango to the UPND, Mr Mhango said the defections were not as a result of ideological differences but were motivated by selfish and narrow interests.

He said in an interview that the electorate should critically check the behaviour of political prostitutes during election times because such people were in politics not to serve but to enrich themselves.

Mr Mhango stated that the recent defections by politicians was not a sign of the growth of democracy but an act of pure selfishness and would not add any significant value to the parties they were going to.

He stated that some of the leaders who had defected from the PF to join the opposition UPND had realised that they were unpopular and could not be adopted by the ruling party.

He said others were also defecting from the ruling party to save themselves from the embarrassment of not having a Grade 12 certificate which was a constitutional requirement for anyone aspiring to contest any political position in the August general elections.

“The opposition political parties should not celebrate that its popularity is growing when they receive defectors from other political parties. Those that have been defecting from the PF to the UPND are not going to have any influence on the outcome of the general elections in August. Defections have become a common feature during elections in Zambia and politicians with such habits should be watched closely because their actions are not motivated by ideological reasons but by selfish interests,” Mr Mhango said.

He explained that Mr Akafumba had left the PF because he was allegedly fired by President Edgar Lungu and that the former Ministry of Justice permanent secretary was given the job by former president Michael Sata on humanitarian grounds.

Mr Mhango recalled that Mr Akafumba had lost elections in Livingstone and that his departure from the PF had no impact on the chances of the ruling party to retain power.

On Mrs Simango, Mr Mhango said the former Southern Province Minister had joined the UPND with the hope that should the opposition political party form Government; she would be able to lobby for a job.

He said most of the leaders who had defected from the ruling party were nothing, but job seekers and that Zambians should reject such kind of leaders because their interest was to serve their narrow interests.

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