Former health minister in the MMD government Levison Mumba has joined the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Others who have joined the NDC include former energy deputy minister Angela Chifire and former justice permanent secretary Joseph Akafumba.

Former PF deputy secretary general Bridget Attanga and former Zambia Railways managing director Professor Muyenga Attanga have also joined the NDC.

The five have since been co-opted into the NDC central committee which met for the first time in Luanshya yesterday.

Meanwhile, former Luanshya district commissioner Harold Mbaulu and former Mwansabombwe PF member of parliament Samuel Chitonge have also joined the NDC.

According to a statement issued by the NDC media team, Mbaulu said he was proud to join the newly formed opposition political party because it was evident that it would form government in 2021.

And in a statement today, NDC spokesperson Eric Chanda said the party would continue aggressively offering checks and balances to the PF in 2018.

“As NDC, we shall continue to be aggressive and vigorous in providing checks and balances in the year 2018. The year 2017 has seen the PF government as the most scandalous government in the history of this country. Scandals, one after another, and as NDC, under the able leadership of our consultant honorable Dr Chishimba Kambwili, we lived up to the expectations of the Zambian people. We provided checks and balances in the year 2017 to make sure that we put a stop to the scandalous activities of this government,” said Chanda.

“Now as we enter the new year 2018, the PF government should brace themselves for a more aggressive approach to providing checks and balances from the NDC. NDC will continue speaking for the poor until the poor Zambians can have decent lives. Zambia was not meant for the rich people only. Zambia was not meant for the corrupt people. This country needs decent leadership, it does not need leadership that will want to fatten their pockets only. The Zambian people deserve better. We shall follow them, nabo nabo.”