TWO former district commissioners in Eastern Province have maintained that they defected to PF because of massive corruption and abuse of power in the former ruling party.
Peter Dodoli Nyirenda and Paul Zulu - were reacting to MMD Eastern Province chairperson Alexander Miti's statement during an MMD meeting chaired by party president Nevers Mumba last week that some former DCs defected to PF for selfish reasons.
The two former DCs who were also founder members of the MMD in the province stated that they were deeply shocked with Miti's poor analysis of political events in the country, especially on the MMD leadership in the province.
They stated that genuine political change occurred in 2011 and that those still mourning the loss should sober up and consider joining the progressive forces.
"In 1991 during the change of government, the region lagged behind because of the thinking capacity of elements like Alexander Miti. At one point Mr Miti resigned from MMD to FDD and went back to MMD after he lost the Vubwi parliamentary seat to UNIP. The recent spate of resignations by MMD councillors is a warning sign that more were still defecting to the ruling party," the former commissioners stated.
They stated that as a strategy the wind of change would tilt from Nyimba, Petauke to Lundazi.
The duo stated that by 2016, MMD members would have believed what they meant by alleging that the former ruling party thrived on corruption and deception.
"Suspected corrupt people have to be compelled to account for their huge properties and other resources. There should be a national audit of who owns what and sources of income. The current corruption fight is not only looking at former president Rupiah Banda but all those who worshipped corruption day and night at the expense of poor Zambians," they stated.
The former DCs stated that Miti should have been the first person to join PF because of the developments that the PF had taken to his hometown of Vubwi.
They stated that Chipata-Vubwi road is being worked on and the cellular phone network had also been improved.