MILANZI UPND COUN­CIL­LOR RE­SIGNS

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By AARON CHIYANZO

MR JOHN Banda, the only UPND coun­cil­lor in Milanzi con­stituency of Eastern Prov­ince has re­signed from his position and from the op­po­si­tion party with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, cit­ing lack of sup­port from the party lead­er­ship. Mr Banda, the coun­cil­lor for Chind­wale ward in Katete told the Daily Na­tion that he would rather leave the civic seat for a Pa­tri­otic Front (PF) mem­ber so that the area could get de­vel­op­ment. He charged that he had found it hard to con­tinue serv­ing on the UPND ticket be­cause the party did not care about the well-be­ing of the peo­ple. Mr Banda said that the UPND had never of­fered him any sup­port nor his ward from the time he was elected into of­fice in 2016. The for­mer coun­cil­lor re­it­er­ated that the ward had lagged be­hind in terms of de­vel­op­ment be­cause he was left to fend for his peo­ple with very lit­tle re­sources. Mr Banda com­plained of the ex­or­bi­tant monthly con­tri­bu­tions that he was pay­ing the UPND on a monthly ba­sis, say­ing that he was left with noth­ing from his lit­tle salary. Mr Banda in­di­cated in a res­ig­na­tion let­ter ad­dressed to the coun­cil chair­per­son for Katete Town Coun­cil that he had de­cided to pur­sue pri­vate busi­ness.

As you are aware, I won the seat on the UPND ticket and I have de­cided to re­sign from this party and pur­sue my per­sonal busi­ness. I thank you, all coun­cil­lors, man­age­ment and staff of your coun­cil for the cor­dial work­ing re­la­tion­ship,” — John Banda.

“As you are aware, I won the seat on the UPND ticket and I have de­cided to re­sign from this party and pur­sue my per­sonal busi­ness. I thank you, all coun­cil­lors, man­age­ment and staff of your coun­cil for the cor­dial work­ing re­la­tion­ship,” the let­ter reads in part. Mr Banda ex­pressed con­fi­dence that Chind­wale ward would re­ceive its fair share of the na­tional cake if it was manned by a PF coun­cil­lor. He pointed out that Chind­wale ward was in need of bore­holes, good roads, schools and health fa­cil­i­ties.

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