IT IS increasingly becoming difficult to understand most of our political leaders and their ideologies.
We make this assertion because some of our political leaders appear to be falling for anything, in this case, any political party attracting some measure of membership.
They always want to be in the next Government regardless of their political belief, if any.
Today, they can be in a socialist political grouping and the next in a capitalist set-up without any shame.
With the general elections less than five months away, this criss-crossing will no doubt be the order of the day.
This should not worry us because the Constitution of Zambia guarantees the freedom of association and the freedom to join a club of choice.
In fact, our political leaders should be encouraged to associate with many political groupings as possible in an effort to promote co-existence and probably end the acrimonious relations in which they find themselves.
What should however worry Zambians is whether some of our political leaders believe in any ideology.
According to social scientists, an ideology is a collection of ideas. Typically, each ideology contains certain ideas on what it considers to be the best form of government.
For example, is it a democracy or autocracy or what is the best economic system that our political leaders want (e.g. capitalism, socialism, etc.).
We ask these questions because the criss-crossing among our political leaders seems to revolve around the belief in one man.
It appears that 51 years after Independence, Zambians still believe in the syndrome of a one-man party driven ideology.
Politicians are not associating because they believe in a political ideology, ideals, principles, doctrines, myths or symbols of a social movement.
We urge our politicians to start examining their stand in politics so that they can define their ideology and assemble according to their beliefs.
The public is increasingly becoming dissatisfied with the performance of some of our politicians because they do not believe in any ideology.
Their pre-occupation is to land the next ministerial position, hence the phrase “politics of the belly”.
This cannot be allowed to continue when Zambia has been independent for over half a century.
While it is difficult to turn away new members to a political grouping, it is important for political leaders to be cautious in their appointments of leaders to governance positions when in the past some were known to believe in different values and ideology.
The August general elections should usher in a new era of politics which will not depend on the politician who shouts the loudest but those who are able to articulate an ideology to the benefit of Zambians.