By DELPHINE ZULU –
POLITICAL analyst Alex Ng’oma has called on political parties to take a fresh leaf from politics of mudslinging and instead concentrate on issue-based campaigns.
Applauding the peaceful atmosphere that characterised the filing of nominations, Dr Ng’oma said this was not a period for political parties to realise that mudslinging does not build the nation or improve people’s lives.
He said what everyone wanted to know was how political parties were going to improve the economic situation in areas like improvement of the energy sector, ensuring job creation and distribution of farm inputs.
Dr Ng’oma said currently Zambia had been availed with all presidential, running mates and other aspiring candidates and that it was the best time for them to explain to the people what they could offer.
“In a democracy, people must learn to give aspiring candidates chance to prove themselves because judging them unfairly will not help the nation. Since the die is cast, we are anxiously waiting to hear their manifestos,” he said.
He said a cardinal issue at hand was how political parties would ensure that they paid former workers their terminal benefits considering that some have died without accessing their dues.
Dr Ng’oma stressed that the issue of non payment of terminal benefits had been neglected for years a situation which he described as discouraging especially to those still working because there was no serious policy put in place to assure them that they would be paid their dues once retired.