By Nation Reporter
‘‘I DEFECTED to the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) because Dr. Nevers Mumba was power hungry and wanted to run the party alone whereas President Lungu is inclusive,’’ says Higher Education minister Michael Kaingu.
In an interview, Dr. Kaingu, who is the former Member of Parliament for Mwandi Constituency in Western Province, revealed that he defected from the MMD because Dr. Mumba was power-hungry and that he wanted to be the only president for the party.
“I moved out of the MMD when it was very clear the gentleman who was at the helm at that time, Dr. Mumba, didn’t want to be inclusive. He just wanted to be the only leader in the party. Remember I was the vice president of the party,” he said.
Mr. Kaingu said that he was happy that his colleague in the MMD Felix Mutati had taken over the presidency of the former ruling party.
Mr. Kaingu said President Lungu was the only presidential candidate with the ‘‘ideal running mate’’ and that he had brought a lot of development in the country.
He said that President Lungu and his running mate Inonge Wina were ‘‘a perfect combination’’ who were ready to improve people’s lives and that they knew what was best for the country.
“PF has demonstrated to be all-inclusive and it’s a party for all Zambians; the combination of President Lungu and Madam Wina is perfectly matched and the two have achieved great things,” he said.
Dr. Kaingu said that Mwandi constituency had benefited significantly from President Lungu’s development initiative and that he was confident the people would vote for him and his party.
“What PF has done is enough for the people of Mwandi to vote for the candidates standing on the ruling party ticket. We now have a new Police Post, we had severe attacks of tsetse fly that was eradicated, we are beneficiaries of a new district which means a lot of opportunities and new jobs were created at district level,” he said.
Mr. Kaingu explained that as former MP of the area, he built schools, houses for teachers, clinics and that he had provided the area with water.
Mr. Kaingu also revealed that only 38 percent of pupils in the constituency were proceeding beyond Grade 9 before PF formed government.
He added that only 8 percent of pupils who completed Grade 12 were going to university because the education sector was ‘‘locked and it was PF government who unlocked the sector’’.
Mr. Kaingu said that the PF government had tremendously improved the education sector and that they had built six universities and 220 secondary schools in the country by converting 22 basic schools in each province into secondary schools.