Ideology comes first

SHOULD our political system be based on the voting in and voting out of political leaders without much careful scrutiny of their ideologies?

We ask this question because our political leaders appear to be forgetting the belief under which their parties were founded and are now calling for alliances.

They want voters to participate in voting out their rivals without clearly explaining their ideology and their motivation to ask for votes and take up State control.

 While alliances are healthy as Zambia guarantees freedom of association and assembly, the current calls are nothing but based on the removal of the current Head of State to be replaced by another.

There appears to be no much thought about the combination of the proposed alliance or indeed alliances.

The catch phrase is that political parties should form an alliance to remove President Edgar Lungu and vote in another political leader.

While voting is every citizen’s right which they should exercise on the candidate of their choice, the motivation for appointing or disappointing any leader is however not being clearly explained.

This is the reason why we side with political parties against undefined alliances whose sole motivation is the voting in of one leader to replace another.

There is a danger for such alliances because they easily disintergrate in victory or in defeat.

If the alliance is not in Government, the effects on government operations are not devastating as the grouping would simply disintegrate and like minds go their way.

This is not the case with alliances which form government and share Cabinet and administrative positions.

There is so much jealousy and general dissatisfaction in the position-sharing process.

There is a general belief among alliance partners that what has been given to them has no effect in governance operations.

This is even more so when the alliance partners believe in different ideologies.

It is for this reason that all political parties willing to form alliances must first discuss their ideological beliefs and align them to a common agenda.

Therefore, the motivation in this year’s general elections should not simply be the removal of one leader and the voting in of another without a clearly thought out plan for the future.

When we say this, we are not restricting this to the Presidency but to all elective political positions.

When Zambians go to the polls this year, they will be looking for a civic leader, mayor, member of Parliament and a head of State for the next five years.

It is therefore important that political leaders spell out their ideology and their resolve to implement the contents to better the lives of Zambians.

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