MMD Die Hard Youths National Coordinator Gerald Chiluba says individuals have hijacked the main reason for returning to multipartism and have now started to use it as a tool for advancing personal agendas.
Mr Chiluba who is a former a student leader and activist at Copperbelt University (COBUSU) said the people that fought for Multipartism did so for citizens to use political parties as platforms for expressing themselves to the government and not for propagating hate and cheap propaganda.
He noted that of late it has become fashionable for political parties whether big or small to champion the individual agendas of their leaders as opposed to using the platform to speak for the downtrodden in the country.
He adds that placing the interests individuals by political parties has the potential to weaken the governance system of the country hence the need for them to stop the retrogressive tendency.
“Our democracy is been used to champion the agenda not of the majority but that of the few selfish individuals. A number of political parties are becoming petty and slowly loosing there relevance because they reflect more on the views of the few selfish individuals instead of reflecting on the sentiments of their members.
“Political parties are one of the major platforms through which people’s aspirations should be brought to the attention of the government and the nation, but what we are witnessing today is a sad state of affairs. They have become a platform where these selfish individuals are using them to express their frustrations.
“Some political parties no longer give hope to the people when campaigning but only give assurance of vengeance and retaliation which have nothing to do with improving the wellbeing of people,” he said.
He said political parties should revisit the reasons for their being formed and get back to the co-duty of being the voice of the voiceless in society.
“We are of the view that a number of political parties should go back to the drawing board and put their houses in order. They should start practising politics which are in line with the provisions of the Republican constitution, which is aimed at providing a basket of broad ideas and an ideal environment for innovation and creativity.”
Mr Chiluba further called on the registrar of societies to sternly deal with parties abrogating the republican constitution.
“We want to also take this opportunity to appeal to the registrar of societies not to relent in deregistering parties that do not adhere to the requirements of the Republican Laws and rules and provisions within their Party Constitutions, as certain individuals have hijacked these political platforms to propagate hatred and cheap propaganda thereby making politics unappealing especially to the youths and eventually killing the participatory democracy which we as MMD fought hard to bring,” he said.