PRESIDENT Michael Sata has emerged as one of the great leaders of Zambia because of his connection with the grassroots, and for him to win the last general elections it was because of the working relations.
President Sata left MMD and formed Patriotic Front (PF) party in 2001 and since then, he had been mobilising the supporters until he became President last year.
That is why he is a man of action as President as he is fondly known.
He is also recognised as a strong leader who comes from the grassroots.
Now coming back to the just ended by elections, I feel ever since PF came into power over nine months ago, there has been a detachment from the grassroots.
I don’t know the actual reason because in the past after elections, President Sata then in opposition would go back to the voters and appreciate them but I think some of the leaders working with President Sata are too busy for the grassroots.
In short, they have somehow forgotten about the grassroots.
The PF Secretary General (SG) must work out a programme to meet all the grassroots to strengthen the PF if it has to remain in power beyond 2016.
It is not just a matter of PF remaining in power but PF must start working together with the grassroots to realise a brighter future for Zambia and its children.
It will always be difficult to persuade people during elections if the leaders are detaching themselves from the grassroots.
The ultimate success of the PF will largely depend more on the level of political backing of the grassroots as it is evident that we, the grassroots mobilised ourselves and supported PF to win the September elections last year.
I have noted some weaknesses in the way the PF as a party is being run because I remember about two months ago, I phoned the office of the SG of PF.
The lady who picked the mobile phone started asking me about my official position in PF in Kabwe.
I told her that I was just an ordinary member wanting to meet the SG.
She booked me an appointment which up to date has not materialised.
That is why I am saying few people can make it difficult for PF to mobilise for future elections.
Let the doors of the SG office open to the ordinary members of the PF.
It does not not look good for PF as a new party in Government in less than a year to start losing elections,
PF should have won all the by elections to sustain their support and inspire their supporters.
Otherwise, let the top PF leaders reduce on their busy schedules and reserve some of their expensive time to be with the ordinary members of the public.
Otherwise it is worrying and sad to see the PF losing its support.
What we want is PF to remain strong!
Gady Mwamba Museka, Kabwe
PUBLISHED IN TIMES OF ZAMBIA