POLITICAL office is not a preserve of one person; we politicians come and go but the state and citizens remain, says Kitwe mayor Christopher Kang’ombe.
In his reflection, Kang’ombe stated that this was a reminder that while in office, those elected must account for their time in terms of driving service delivery.
“If you have had time, to visit any government ministry in Zambia then you may have come across portraits of the many politicians who have served as ministers in charge from as far back as 1964. The same can be said of the city council photo gallery section where portraits of past mayors and council chairpersons are hung for the public to see. The portraits with different faces remind us first of all of the fact that political office is not the preserve of one person. Those who perform effectively easily get re-elected beyond one term of office,” stated Kang’ombe.
“The slogan sonta epo wabomba (point where you have worked, delivered) actually acquires meaning in this context and is applicable to all of us elected representatives, regardless of political affiliation, opposition party MPs and mayors inclusive. I am the mayor of Kitwe today but only up to 2021 and will have to account for my time in office.”