Ward by-election results: My assessment and observation

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As a Star witness , Comrades , UPND ‘s performance in all contested elections is encouraging given the circumstances and environment at hand… Remember the outcome can never be used to determine the true political MAP of Zambia because the fundamentals and factors were affected by the environment .
 
The grey areas should however call for concern and need to up the game… Its good we have these revelations now before the most critical Presidential campaign and subsequently elections..
 
Our plan should never leave out EASTERN Province , as the region has shown resilience to vote for us despite not sending a PARTY BIG FISH like the President and Veep. Iam imagining if more efforts were put in place in Eastern with the available grassroot goodwill .
 
Despite the guns and widespread violence in Nyimba and Sinda , the vote outcome is not as bad…….
 
In Mushindamo ‘ s Kalilele Ward N/W as well as LEALUI -MONGU , these to me cause for concern …Its not about the Party lossing support or PF penetrating UPND strongholds , this has more to do with Local leadership and choice of Candidates …. There is absolutely Noway ,PF can get Kalilele with all odds being right for UPND . This can not be interpreted as a loss but generally a call for scrutiny and our Local leadership must take responsibility in both Wards and fenish the Party HQ with a forrensic report immediately.
 
Independent interviews must be conducted deliberately by an Independent and carefully selected Team to move in Kalilele and Lealui to get views from non structure or position holding residents in short ordinary voters as to what exactly was at play and what were the fundamentals that factored into the outcome that showed that PEOPLE IN THOSE AREAS VOTED FOR PF CANDIDATES AND NOT UPND
 
As we look forward to Chilanga Parliamentary By-election, the Party must use all the shortcomings and noted loopholes in the last held Local Govt By-elections to come up with a strategy to put all things and odds right in Chilanga which is tipped to be largely violent and crucial.
 
UPND need to learn to move its campaign Teams in By-election areas early enough to familiarise themselves with the needs and of the local voters as well as the mood .
 
UPND must invest in VOTE PROTECTION . This has to do with mobilising enough MAN POWER to protect its campaign Teams and Polling Stations that suffer brutal attacks and intimidation .
 
UPND need to avoid “CRYING BABY POLITICS” of “batuuma swebo okuno” those terrorizing UPND are PF human beings coming from our own communities , there is nothing peculiar or special about these thugs . They are as weak as UPND Youths and UPND Youths are as strong as these PF THUGS the difference could be ” WHAT DO THEY GET OUT OF THEIR OPERATION OF HACKING FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS ? Then address that .
 
I have noted with great concern that UPND Youths have lost their strength largely because of the very UPND Leaders on this I don’t mean The President or Vice President.
 
I mean leaders like MPs and ASPIRING MPs.
 
Currently there is NO UNIT AMONG UPND YOUTHS because Youths are divided between Parliamentary Candidates . Currently Youths are justling and competing on who belongs to which curtail of a tycoon that wants to contest , who moves with which MP that gives them money? These individuals simply have turned themselves into stooges, surrogates and praise singers of individuals and not the Party . In short the Party has silently been broken into small units around individuals.
 
These Candidates and Youths have formed “SMALL CURTAILS” and groups that either isolate each other or simply pull in different directions because of adoption competition and interests. This has resulted in divided loyalty to the Party.
 
The Youths in UPND have thrown their loyalty to individual MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT or ASPIRING CANDIDATES . Their moods and dedication to the Party is dependant on the mood of their *god father or god mother and how they think their “idol” MP or ASPIRING MP has been or is being treated in the Party. If their demmy god has prominent roles in the Party those in his/her curtail will be active in Party programmes like By-elections subsequently vote protections . If according to them , “their person and provider of bread and butter is not being engaged actively by the Party (this notwithstanding the fact that their person does not make himself /herself available to the Party) they will always apply a withdraw syndrome to Party activities. Became their bread and butter supplier has not given a signal.
 
This can be noted from some of the Youths who used to be strong in By-elections becoming lukewarm on Party programmes but very active to individuals political activities like visiting the Constituencies for their demy gods , providing security to their MPs and ASPIRING CANDIDATES , others becoming personal secretaries, spokespersons , drivers , itchmen and agents while others have been taken to farms to rot there . If the Party has an activity , it all depends on whether the MP is willing to give support for such youths to join the lest of the Party if not , its silent from their side. They will only resurface when their MP or ASPIRING MP is seeking for adoption at SECRETARIATE looking bussier than all of us who gave 100% undivided dedication to the Party .
 
HOW CAN THE PARTY BE STRONG LIKE THIS ??????? My message to these individuals is ” BRING BACK THE YOUTHS TO THE PARTY NOW ..” .The days some of us were stone throwers our loyalty was to the Party and the President anybody else unless he comes through the Party.
 
UPND and the President in particular must address these leaders who have individualised Party Youths and supporters and this is common equally in structures where some Leaders in Structures have been personalised by either MPs or ASPIRING MPs this has weakened the grassroot politics of UPND as others feel left out from the eating with MPs hence withdrawing their energies.
 
UPND MUST KNOW CHILANGA WILL BE BLOODY BECAUSE PF HAS FINALLY REALISED THIS STRATEGY IS WORKING FOR THEM. UPND MUST ADDRESS ITSELF TO THE ABOVE CONCERNS TO GO INTO CHILANGA AS ONE DEDICATED AND UNITED TEAM. PICK A STRONG AND FEARLESS CANDIDATE, PICK A FEARLESS CAMPAIGN MANAGER WHO IS INCLUSIVE IN HIS /HER POLITICS NOT ISOLATIVE CHARECTERS WHO LEAVE OTHERS BEHIND , PUT YOUTHS ON THE MAIN CAMPAIGN PROGRAMMES WITH PROPER FUNDING. PROTECT THE PRESIDENT , VEEP AND MOST IMPORTANTLY PROTECT THE CAMPAIGN TEAMS AND CAMPS THEN FINALLY MAN POLLING STATIONS UNTILL THE DESERVING WINNER IS ANNOUNCED .
 
By Royd Moonga
UPND Member
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