Executive Director Guess Nyirenda has pinpointed the welcome back to the streets of vendors by some candidates as opportunistic.
National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate Saboi Imboela has taken the spotlight for announcing that she would allow vendors back on the streets should she be elected Lusaka mayor on July 26.
STATEMENT BY OYV ON ON-GOING MAYORAL BY ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS
Whereas candidates and political parties are at liberty to promise paradise to the electorate with the view to woo votes on one hand it is ironically unacceptable to continue with lying and offering unattainable promises.
As Operation Young Vote (OYV), we have followed with keen interest the campaigns messages and pledges all the nominated candidates running for the Mayoral election slated for 26th July, 2018.
We have noted with pleasure and delight that the media (especially private media) is offering space to all the candidates to articulate the vision for the City of Lusaka. While it delights us also that some messages and campaign promises by some candidates are real and attainable on one hand, it concerns us that other messages and campaign promises are mere rhetoric and only meant to hoodwink the unsuspecting voters.
The campaigns of signing a Social Contract with the residents of the City of Lusaka as a sign of commitment to the pledges made are feasible, welcome and should be supported. Those pledging to surrender the Mayoral salary for the entire period of three (3) years can also be monitored and achieved. Other achievable things include cleaning of the City, construction of markets (if the person that becomes Mayor can think outside the box), among others. However the campaigns of bringing back street vendors, doing this or that in 100 days are misplaced and only meant to deceive the voters.
Our message to the candidates is that they must be real and pledge what is doable in the context we are in. Zambians should not be reminded of the failed 90 days pledges campaigns. We must refuse to be duped. Once beaten, twice shy.
To the electorates, we appeal that we should not be fooled again with the 100 days pledges. Each one of the electorates my sincerely scrutinize all the candidates and cast a vote on someone that will work for the people.
Lusaka residents and those of other districts holding elections for Council Chairperson must endeavour NOT to vote for job seekers but persons who will engage as servants of the people. Remember that job seekers will forget you once elected as theirs are personal achievements.
For and on behalf of OYV
Guess Nyirenda (Mr.)