OPPOSITION Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) has suffered a setback in Nkana constituency following the decision by constituency chairman and aspiring candidate Ernest Mulebi to resign from the party and stand as an independent parliamentary candidate in the August 11 general elections.
He has since advised his supporters in Nkana constituency to vote for a presidential candidate of their choice in the August 11 general elections.
Mr Mulebi, who two weeks ago boasted that he was popular and would deliver Nkana to FDD, said he had decided to make the dramatic turn after realising that the party was using him like a ‘disposable bottle’ which is used and later dumped.
“I love FDD, but I think I can’t hold on any more because am not being inspired, am not being motivated. I have decided to ditch FDD and I will be standing as an independent candidate for Nkana constituency in the August 11 elections.
“FDD wants to be using me like a disposable bottle which is used and later dumped. They want use me to support FDD and party president Edith Nawakwi but later leave me in the cold. So, following my decision to resign from FDD and stand as an independent, I have also told my supporters to vote for a presidential candidate of their choice in the August 11 elections ,” Mr Mulebi said.
He said his supporters were in full support of the decision to ditch FDD and stand as an independent and had promised to campaign for him and ensure that he was elected as Nkana constituency Member of Parliament (MP) on August 11.
“Right now, I don’t want to say a lot of things, but what I can say is that am no longer FDD and am standing as an independent candidate and my supporters are behind me,” he said.
But, some FDD members said there was an issue of campaign materials in the party where a named official at national level was keeping the campaign material to herself, instead of distributing it.
The party members, who spoke on grounds of anonymity, said the senior party official lives in Kitwe, but was at national level and very close to party president Edith Nawakwi.
“When this woman is given campaign material, she keeps it to herself instead of distributing it to the leaders at various party structures. When you tell the party president about this issue, she does not do anything. So this is the problem,” said the FDD members in Kitwe.
Zambia Daily Nation