WHEN the grassroots speak, the top leadership needs to listen.In view of the above, both the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) and the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) must learn from the Chilanga parliamentary by-election that listening to the grassroots at all levels when deciding candidates to stand on their tickets for any elections is important and a recipe for victory.
The grassroots are the ones who brave the extreme heat of the sun, the coldness, as well as the rains to cast a ballot for their preferred leaders. In this vein, had the UPND heeded to advise of not adopting Charmaine Musonda, probably they would have retained the Chilanga seat.
The UPND approached the just-ended elections with kid gloves and overrated themselves.
However, I salute all the political parties that took part in the Chilanga by-elections and in particular the ruling PF for grabbing the seat from the UPND.
I’m sure lessons have been learnt, as we prepare for Council Chairmanship by-elections as well as Lusaka Mayoral, please take heed to what your grassroots are saying.
The people of Chilanga have spoken loud and clear, they want Langa (pictured) to represent Chilanga. The UPND have themselves to blame for the loss. The PF capitalised on their ‘defensive errors’ and scored. Gone are the days of strongholds, come 2021 the story will be different. May the best party win.