Editor's Comment

No chance for failures

SUCCESS in any task requires a performance that meets at least the basic standards. Success never comes on a silver platter. One must strive, often real hard and above average, to achieve this success.
This is a barometer by which everyone must be measured, more so those in leadership positions. This is so because if they fail, the impact is not only on them as individuals, but also on scores, hundreds, thousands or even millions other people.
It, therefore, makes a lot of sense that the governing party, the Patriotic Front, is firm on its stand that it will not re-adopt Members of Parliament (MPs) and councillors who fail to perform to expectations in their current term of office.
Vice-President Inonge Wina underscored this last week when she said MPs and local government leaders should not expect the party to re-adopt them in 2021 if they fail to develop their respective constituencies and wards.
Indeed, all those who aspire for such public office should take Mrs Wina’s statement seriously. In fact, it would be wise for other political parties to adopt this benchmark. Why re-adopt someone who has failed to deliver on their promises in five years?
MPs and councillors are representatives of Government and they are elected in office to improve the standards of living for all the people in their respective constituencies and wards.
They work in line with Government aspirations for its people so that all the promises made during an election campaign are brought to fruition.
This is why it is important to work with Government, whether one is in the governing party or the opposition.
These political leaders should take off the party cloak and wear that for government and get down to work immediately after the elections.
The tendency of politicking long after elections erodes the essence of being in office. It diverts attention to matters that add little or no value to the campaign promises that are often woven around development.
If more time and energies are directed to collective efforts to develop the constituencies and the wards, surely a lot more would be achieved in five years.
While it is true that there is significant progress being made in some areas, it is just as true that very little, if any, development is evident in other areas.
Some leaders will give all sorts of excuses for failing to deliver on their promises. Often they blame others and not themselves for the failure. No excuse, however, is good enough to justify another term of office if notable development is not delivered.
This is the message that Mrs Wina has delivered. A leader with foresight and leadership acumen should be able to fulfil his or her promises regardless of the obstacles in the way.
What ought to be realised, too, is that there is no shortage of quality potential candidates. At least this is so for the PF as evidenced by the many applicants the party gets when a vacancy occurs for elective political office.
Other political parties may not have as many aspirants, but this should not discourage them from also setting their bar high.
Too often we hear a blend of loud and muted complaints of absentee representatives. Such MPs and councillors disappear from their respective constituencies and wards after being elected. They make rare visits until towards the end of their terms of office to once again kneel before the electorate to make a fresh promise for development.
The voters are quickly getting wiser. They do not forget. Even if they did, a visit by an MP or a councillor will remind them of the promises made.
Talking of wisdom, parliamentary or local government leaders should be able to judge for themselves on whether they have fulfilled their pledges or not. If they have not, the wise thing to do is not to seek re-adoption.
Doing so would save everyone a lot of time and energies that would best be used on other matters, such as real and not perceived development.
So, we urge MPs and councillors to use the remaining period of their terms of office before the general election to forge stronger links with Government or private organisations to bring development to the people. That is the best way to have it plain sailing when they seek re-adoption.

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