By Gregory Gondwe
I am astounded by the overwhelming turn-up of people vying for presidency in the forthcoming 2016 elections. The removal of subsidies has not just brought controversy, but also manifesting characters that want to take this as an optimum time to campaign for their small ‘political parties’. Others have even opted to register for new parties, and I believe there are still more that are thinking in those lines.
Although ‘citizen’ has the right to become president, people should realize their inabilities, strengths and weaknesses. They need to understand that it is not everyone that has the skills to play the game-then we will have no supporters. We should be humble enough to accept our duty and talent that as good supporter, and the vital role that we play in the game. Imagine a team with only strikers, or a game without supporter! Its not just the head that is important on a body, but every part is equal (the stomach too, even when seem to be dormant and on the receiving side). Choosing to be a president is not a one-man-show, but needs consultations, and advice from wise people. It is a duty that will oblige you to represent all the people in a country, and most of all, perform on their behalf. Yet people think that it is all about self-gratification, and getting richer. When I see everyone wanting to become president, I question what they really want. Its funny that people want to sing when they do not even have a voice to talk. It’s like what a friend of mine said, “A soccer supporter pushing himself into the pitch just because a striker has failed to score”. Sadly, these people no longer see the sacredness of the state house and the virtuous duties that go with one becoming president.
In happy memories, I see a lot of ‘Ken Ng’ondos’ for the 2016 elections. This can be avoided if we embarked public debates, just like the US and now Kenya. This will help us determine who is more credible, and who has a unique manifesto that can help develop our country. Character assassins should be challenged not to attack personalities, but debate issues. In so doing, we will have a united Zambia, and avoid ‘parties that are just there to split votes.
To be a little blunt, I suggest that people like Mulongoti, Mpombo, Bwalya, mention them, join efforts with any opposition of their choice (certainly they are against the ruling government), and form a party that is their for total service to our country. This will prove that they love our country, and are there not for personal gains, but for the love of mother Zambia. Who knows, maybe such a gesture may win them popular acclamation.