By Prince Ndoyi
We want to thank the overwhelming support we have gotten from institutions and individuals that have welcomed our noble call to limit the number of times one appears on the presidential ballot. These include LAZ, NGOCC, YALI among other stakeholders.
We also appreciate the insights and actionable efforts by the Chifubu Member of Parliament Dr Frank Ngambi. Especially for the selfless initiative to commit in moving the said motion after our petition to Parliament in the next session of Parliament which opens on 20th February. We call upon more parliamentarians to support this milestone constitutional provision. Great thanks to those few isolated voices like Edwin Lifwekelo and those from parliament and some opposition figures. We must unite all these voices, organise them and move with everyone.
Would like to express disappointment in those that see this with their partisan blindfolds. UPND deputy SG Patrick Mucheleka has been on radio ignorantly speculating that this law targets Hakainde Hichilema, and vows to use their numbers in Parliament to shoot it down. Sadly he has opted for a very simplistic approach to analysing the current political imbroglio in Zambia’s democracy. This is laughable.
Mucheleka will tell a lie and repeat it so many times and so loudly and dramatically hoping that in time, it will resemble the truth. It is because of people like Mucheleka that we fail to unite behind national issues like this one.
Zambians who love peace and security must see the dangers of having perpetual losing presidential candidates over contesting elections as lessons are glaring to see in the Kenyan Saga through Raila Odinga who after losing too many times unconstitutionally swore himself as president. Do we honestly think Raila at his age and with his numerous election losses and political track record could just accept a loss and move on?
This superficial interpretation of the Zambian political narrative by the UPND is what has even led Kenya into this crisis. It is common knowledge that losing is very painful not only to the party, but more severely to the individual Presidential candidate. And it would be unfair for any party to continue subjecting its leader to this humiliation election after election, it is inhuman. That is why in Africa electoral losses by the opposition are characterised by claims of illegality and irregularity and dramatic episodes. Because our laws in a traditional fashion, have neglected the possibilities of a dishonourable abuse of democratic rights and privileges. As a sensible society in the interest of protecting democratic rights and liberties we must ensure to preserve peace because without which the same rights are not guaranteed their full enjoyment.
For us we saw it coming and the situation in Kenya has vindicated us. The onus is upon us Zambians. We have watched a handful of MPs running to the press and expressing their differing opinion and so have many people in isolation talked about it.
Kenya has lost a lot of lives due to political disputes and as a country we must learn to prevent any bloodshed of innocent people in our country either by limiting the number of times an individual can attempt the presidency not just for the Republican President. Instead we espouse for peace and prosperity.
We know politicians that when their personal interests are threatened and what they do to protect themselves from being brought to account – they rush to courts and sing the democratic hymn. But we want to make an honest appeal to the conscious of our Parliament to interrogate this proposal premised on the interests of peace and creating political space for youths and women within our political folds as opposed to a perpetual hold on to power by the same individuals in perpetuity.
We find leaders who don’t support this as being
simply selfish and more interested in only what is important to themselves. To feel in charge.To feel the honor of the names and references, the reverence associated with POWER.
Raila Odinga’s self-imposed presidency in Kenya should concern all of us that believe in global peace. There is no legality, justification or common sense for such conduct other than an attempt to fuel confusion and anarchy in Kenya because of his perpetual losses. And its for Zambians to draw lessons while there is still time to do so.
Finally, underestimating the need to regulate politicians in Zambia has far reaching consequences on the lives of many men, women and children who value peace over selfish leaders whose only interest is to fulfil their political ambitions at whatever cost. Zambia is indirectly creating anarchists, one election at a time.