THERE is need for political parties to be wary of corruption that may characterize the adoption process for candidates in this year’s elections, National Revolution Party (NRP) president Cosmo Mumba has warned.
And Dr. Mumba has asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to keep an eye on political parties to ensure that some people did not use the adoption process as a fundraising venture.
Dr. Mumba said it was highly likely that some candidates would use underhand methods to buy their way to Parliament because of the stiff competition among potential candidates in this year’s election.
He said this election posed a huge test on democracy as more people have shown willingness to compete for positions unlike in the past where the number of candidates vying for one position was small.
He said the culture of candidates buying their way to power through the electoral process retarded development as the less privileged but hard working never got the chance to represent the people due to lack of resources.
He said it was incumbent upon political parties to ensure that the adoption process was transparent and that candidates were picked on merit as that was the only way that electorates would be guaranteed quality assurance as only the best candidates would be picked.
“Money will be at play as some people would not want to lose out and since some may have resources, corruption may be rampant in this year’s election but it is wrong because it will mean that those who have what it takes to bring meaningful development will not be adopted because they do not have money. At the end of the day, it is the Zambians who will suffer.
“We call upon the ACC to monitor the adoption process keenly in all political parties. If it is possible, let them be part of the process so that incidents of corruption are dealt with and minimised because stakes are high this year and some of the undeserving candidates may end up being forced on us by using money to be adopted, thereby robbing Zambians of quality leadership,” Dr. Mumba said.
He challenged other political parties not to be selfish by engaging in underhand methods but put the interest of the country first by providing quality leadership.