The current crop of Patriotic Front (PF) Members of Parliament (MPs) that were elected under a cloud of a political euphoria for change in 2011 are still raw and not ready for government portfolios, says political analyst Nason Msoni
Mr Msoni said this was evidenced by the poor quality of debates and articulation of political positions in Parliament.
He observed that during a political euphoria people would just vote for anyone for the sake of change irrespective of whether the individuals were material for parliament.
He said as things were now, it was the downfall of the PF government because of the questionable calibre of its MPs.
“This is where the downfall of the PF government as a whole is as its quality of MP’s is of questionable calibre and further this consortium of ineffective members of parliament has grossly comprised the overall performance of parliament to the extent that it is a waste of time and boring experience to sit and watch the shallow debates which usually degenerate into empty arguments,
“On the other hand the qualities of MP’s from the opposition are quality material more so in the opposition UPND. This is a fact and if we are honest we must acknowledge this fact. Perhaps this is where the poaching by the PF government is justified for all the wrong reasons.
He said it was wrong for the PF to poach UPND members of parliament but this was also an acknowledgment of the low calibre of MPs in PF who fell far short of being cabinet minister material,” he said.
He said if the adoption was soiled by nepotism and tribalism then the concept of a successful government would be lost.
The opposition member said as things were there was no better prescription to remedy the current political woes and imbalance in the PF government than to call for fresh elections.
“That’s how this malaise can be treated on a long time basis. The method of poaching one-by-one is unsustainable and is done in bad faith and therefore those appointed are expelled by their respective political parties.
“The PF experience is not any different from the 1991MMD experience in which the country under a political euphoria for change brought all sorts of political opportunists but fortunately the process was better managed as the leadership had decided to blend the old and the young carefully without compromising the overall quality of the party,
“It has been a lot easier over the years for leadership succession to evolve because the party was a party of fellow leaders and not followers as the case is in the PF,” he said.