By Kay Musonda
Hakainde Hichilema Leader of UPND the (once formidable) largest opposition party in Zambia has continued on a downward trajectory when it comes to participating in governance and contributing towards development of this country on many fronts.
Ours is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. This includes every citizen of Zambia irrespective of political and apolitical affiliation. And as such, a Democratic system is designed to function with checks and balances.
The responsibilities of opposition political parties include: scrutinising (closely examining) the work of the government, asking the government to explain its actions, and debating bills (proposed laws) in the Parliament.
14th September 2019 marked the opening of the 4th session of the 12th national assembly in Zambia and as per tradition the Republican President made his State of the Nation address to officially open Parliament.
The speech was realistic, empathetic and highlighted a number of key factors, successes and challenges as well as interventions bordering on the economy and climate change.
Zambians were looking forward to a thorough sober analysis and by way of miracle, alternatives from Mr Hichilema as leader of the shadow government. 5 minutes after the president’s speech, Mr Hichilema took to Twitter and his offer to the people of Zambia was hopelessness in one word.. Empty!
This continues to be the character of a man tasked to put checks and balances in Zambia’s democratic growth and good governance. This loss of grip on his responsibilities and mandate keeps to epitomize the selfish nature of the man who aspires to one day be opening Parliament. He has once again as per tradition in the 13 years he has led UPND missed a golden opportunity to be relevant in Zambia’s governance.
What little hope the Zambian citizen has of a strong democracy in terms of checks and balances keeps dwindling thanks to hopeless and empty statements from flaccid leadership espoused by the likes of Hichilema.
Mr Hichilema must know that Iron sharpens iron. Well, maybe we just overrated him. He might not actually be the iron Zambians thought he would be.
God bless us all
PF Media Committee Member