ALL political parties vying for elective office must go for a convention to allow its members elect a leader for the sake of democracy, says a concerned senior citizen Chishala Chilufya.
Mr Chilufya said it was unacceptable to have a situation where political parties were not interested in going for a convention where their members should have elected a leader of the party.
He demanded that all political parties must go for a convention so that new leaders were elected and allow the smooth flow of democracy.
“The parties should go for a convention and that is where they can exchange ideas so that democratic tenets can flourish, and this problem of leaders not wanting to go for a convention has been retrogressive and a recipe for failing political parties,” he said.
Mr Chilufya said Zambia was a democratic nation and that political party leaders must give chance to others because they were government-in-waiting and therefore must allow for party conventions so that other voices were heard.
“Most of these political party leaders had been there for a long time and had been losing the election, and why is it that they are scared of calling for a convention to give chance to others if at all they are democratic” he said.
“The PF has shown leadership, they have gone to a convention and here they are everything is going well, and why can’t all these political leaders, like those of the UPND, MMD, and FDD heed that,” he said.
He said some parties appeared to be a one-man show political party, whereby some leaders had taken everything personal to holder, saying convention to elect other leaders on account of promoting democracy should be priority.