POLITICIANS must work with the local people to identify suitable candidates to contest the 2016 general elections, says a senior citizen in Kaoma district Sebastian Kalombwe.
Mr Kalombwe said development could only be realized if the right people were put in public positions.
He said politicians should learn to separate national activities from political ones if the country was to have quality people in office.
He urged politicians to unite with local people to help them identify right people who could run the affairs of the nation on merit.
Mr Kalombwe said some individuals had frustrated Government’s efforts to develop the country and that such people should be left out after consultations with local people on the ground.
“We don’t want to have the same mistakes of just bringing people to stand on various political tickets without consulting the local people because this has for many years frustrated development; we are the local people who should judge what is good for us through the development rendered by the Government, and we wouldn’t like to see a situation whereby people are given those positions and at the end of the day they frustrate the efforts of the Government,” he said.
He said the August 11 election was crucial and politicians should thoroughly scrutinize aspiring candidates before they were adopted, saying no one who would want to see the situation whereby people were given positions and in the process failed to discharge their duties. Mr Kalombwe said it was not fair that politicians only visited their constituencies when they wanted to ask for votes, adding that all those who did not perform to the expectation of the people should be voted out.
“This is the time now to choose candidates who can bring development, we don’t want passengers who are only seen here when they want to ask votes from the people,” he said.