Thursday, July 05, 2007

Politics of poverty has killed E/Province - Mphande

Politics of poverty has killed E/Province - Mphande
By Christopher Miti in Chipata
Thursday July 05, 2007 [04:00]

EASTERN Province FDD youth chairperson Oswald Mphande has said politics of poverty has killed the province. And the FDD provincial leadership has called for an urgent meeting to look at the party’s way forward after the defection of three provincial leaders to the ruling party.

Commenting on the defection of Sarah Kamungu (provincial chairlady), Dorothy
Chirwa (provincial women’s secretary) and Andrew Mbazima (provincial treasurer) to MMD on Saturday, Mphande said people should not be swayed by money. “Politics of poverty has continued to kill us in this province. Some leaders are not principled, they are easily swayed by money, the people who have joined MMD have no genuine reasons for doing so,” Mphande said.

He said it would be difficult to come up with a powerful opposition if people were not principled. “If people run away from the opposition to join the ruling party, how are we going to have a strong opposition? For me, I will remain in FDD. If it means remaining with Nawakwi, I will remain,” Mphande said.

And provincial party chairperson Agaton Zulu said the provincial leadership would hold an urgent meeting over the weekend to look at the party’s way forward in the province. “We don’t know why these people defected to MMD, they didn’t tell us but we are meeting this weekend to look at the matter,” he said. He said the officials who defected to MMD were not influential in the party.

Zulu said the defection of the three leaders would not affect the party.
He urged the remaining members to forger ahead with the party. Provincial MMD chairperson Lameck Mangani welcomed the three leaders during the card renewal exercise on Saturday.

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