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ANOTHER Councilor in Western Province has ditched the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) citing lack of foresight among the top leadership.

Muyondoti ward councilor in Mutete district of Western Province, Liseli Likando joins the growing number of civic leaders ditching the UPND.

This latest resignation further depletes the numbers of councilors in Western and North Western Provinces respectively.

In a letter obtained by the Daily Nation, Likando writes:”I  want to improve the welfare of my family. In UPND there is no direction and I do not see light at the end of the tunnel:

Recently, another UPND councillor resigned in North Western Province further depleting their numbers in the region.

Dengwe Ward Councillor Japhet Kapumba resigned his elective position adding to the growing number of councillors ditching the opposition political party.

Last year the UPND lamented the continued defection of their councillors claiming that civic leaders were being tempted with money and job offers.

National chairperson Mutale Nalumango said the party would rectify the situation before the 2021 elections.

UPND has lost over seven councillors to the PF in the aftermath of the 2016 elections.

“The demand for an aspiring candidate to possess a grade twelve certificate in order to contest the 2016 elections disadvantaged the UPND including the PF and other parties to find mature candidates to stand on the Party ticket,” Nalumango said.

And the UPND is resigned to losing more councillors to the PF citing economic reasons.


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