SENIOR Chief Monze has urged political parties in the country to give the people credible candidates that will foster development and good leadership anchored on democracy.
He is also urging President Edgar Lungu and UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to lead the way in promoting love for one another despite having divergent views.
In an interview, Monze said the August general elections required selfless men and women dedicated to serve the people and not themselves only.
“Political parties in the country must give us credible candidates that will foster development and good leadership anchored on democracy,” he said. “It’s saddening to hear these infights over adoptions. Why are these candidates fighting each other when they are from the same political parties?”
Monze cited service delivery as the main anchor for one to seek political office and not selfishness.
“I want to strongly advise those that won’t be adopted not to defect to other political parties. There can only be one candidate chosen in each position, so if really your conviction as a candidate is to serve people and not for your own benefit then support whoever is going to be adopted in your party,” he urged. “Let’s stop this habit of insulting each other when you are from the same political party. Why accusing each other of engaging into corrupt activities to get an adoption? With or without corruption one person must be adopted. We are disturbed with political noise of adoptions where people now have resorted to calling each other names instead of advancing issue-based politics. Be mature and love one another.”
He emphasised that the August 12 Presidential and General Elections was not about satisfying individual politicians’ needs but about the entire country.
And Monze appealed to President Lungu and UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to find a common ground and demonstrate the spirit of statesmanship.
“President Lungu and HH should lead the way in promoting love for one another despite having divergent views. Let them find a way to talk to each other; we want peace in the country to continue. Politics must be a vehicle for development not hatred for each other,” he said.
Meanwhile, Monze urged traditional leadership across the country not to play an active role in politics but be neutral so that they use their power to settle disputes among politicians.
“If as chiefs we start siding then how are we going to help promote peace in the country? Why should a chief choose to be used to speak ill about other political players? Let’s restrain ourselves as chiefs from playing a role of political cadres,” said Monze. “Us, we work with everyone but much support is given to the one in authority. But again, not to an extent of being seen to be playing a role of political spokesperson for a certain party, no. As chiefs we need to encourage our children to compete favourably and whoever wins we rally behind that person.”