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,” 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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