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Opinion: Defection Parades Should be Halted

The politics of defections that is being propagated by leading political parties in the country many seasons before election period smacks lack of seriousness by both sides of the political divide.

In the past few days the Patriotic Front has prided itself in parading individuals that have crossed over to the ruling party including two sitting councillors from the UPND. The capture has extended to the National Democratic Congress members that have gone back to the ruling party a few weeks after having been in the NDC. So rife with these show off parades that even the UPND pushed itself to having its president Hakainde Hichilema also stage a similar window dressing exercise of receiving defectors.

In the midst of all this political comedy, the country is facing the possibility of a drought season that threatens food security. Food security is a problem that knows no political boundaries but collectively harm the population regardless of political affiliation. There has been so much pressure of impressing on numbers that any new comer into Zambia would mistakenly believe that the country was in an election season.

How can one explain the messages that were at the core of the addresses of the ministers that held political rallies in Luapula province last week? Was it not simply an anti-Harry Kalaba show? On Wednesday while Hichilema was receiving some low level PF rejects at the party secretariat whose biggest catch was former councillor in Kanyama whose term lasted up to 2011 on the PF ticket Sunday Chanda too was conducting a similar show in Lusaka receiving defectors from NDC.

Why have our political parties suddenly become obsessed with defections? Is this surely a season for politics especially politics of defections? Or is it counter defections? Did not the country just emerge from bruising elections in 2016? Do we really need these political theatrics at this stage?

16 Comments

  1. Mr khc

    It’s like they want to go kuma elections before 2021

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  2. Steadious Twalumaba Chikwikwi

    Ikaleni fye.

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  3. james kaumba

    wapya munzi what more 2020?

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  4. unZa

    all Zambians are pf..in of there are no cards to show that you are of so hh is not receiving any from pf..data was so clever not to make cards.who is hh receiving then

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  5. Patrick

    Job seekers.

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  6. dowell

    Its a high time for people to open their mind before 2021, we counting down two years to go

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  7. mulase

    I think we need to push a bill in Parliament which will operate the same way transfers ar done in Football. This bill should have a window for defections and anyone crossing over to another party before the window opens should be arrested and charged and the charge should be NO participation in politics for 5 years.Mwanyanya Bana ba kosw….oh sorry ba PF imwe.

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  8. mulase

    Sure everyday tizinvela nkani yakuti Koswe ataba ajoina n’gombe olo n’gombe yachita resign yajoina bakwindi..atase Malabishi yeka yeka.Since wen did these two Kwindi na n’gombe feed together?Olo kolwe na kwindi vigwilizana?Musani chimwise ine …General kanene ukutipo bwanji apa boi?

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  9. Majoni Tyson

    The defections are the signs of political instability caused by the failing government of PF. There not even one person who is comfortable of this government, no wonder pipo with strong ambition to bring solution are deciding to pull out of the parties that promise no future for the country.

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  10. ECL

    HH 4 life… 2021 ni upnd

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  11. Feston

    Me l just see wht happy

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  12. Mr musowa

    Is anyone know the budget for 2018….?

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  13. Ephraim

    Join them it’s your time

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  14. Ephraim

    Upnd go goooooooo 2021

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  15. BM

    AWAKE ITS DAWN DO NOT BE LIKE PIPO DURING NOAH’S TIME.IT WAS FORTOLD NATION WILL RISE AGAINEST NATION,PIPO WILL BATTLY EACH OTHER ,KINGDOM AGAINEST KINGDOM.OPEN YOU EYES TELL YOU HAERT TO SEEK GOD,THIS IS A WAKEUP KNOCK.

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  16. Nchimunya Chilinga

    People its time to judge ourselves were we goowing as a nation.

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