PND needs lessons, because currently, they are clueless and ineffective. Their loss in the recent two by-elections exposes it as a re-gional and weak political party that has failed to create and maintain structures countrywide despite being older than the PF.
UPND thrives on regional manipulation, propaganda and fake news to sustain its existence which cannot be replicated in other regions as people there understand the importance of one Zambia one nation.
Garry Nkombo has opened UPND’s Pandora box by his public confession that the party is very weak and highly demoralised and disor-ganised to win any election, worse still face PF in next year’s elections in its current status.
There are now serious considerations for UPND to use underhand methods to gain more votes including escalating propaganda and the Mapatizya formula as well as changing approximately 80 percent of UPND’s top structure including HH if any need be, for UPND to make meaningful strides towards winning next year’s elections.
Speaking when he featured on Radio Phoenix’s “Let the people talk,” Nkombo said the UPND needed to do some buttoning up if they had to have a chance to win elections next year and that required serious sacrifies too.
Their loss in the recent two by-elections exposes it as a regional and weak political party that has failed to create and maintain structures countrywide despite being older than the PF. UPND thrives on regional manipulation, propaganda and fake news to sustain its existence which cannot be replicated in other regions as people their understand the importance of one Zambia one nation.
In its current state, UPND is as good as a headless chicken that has no direction or ideology to sale to the people of Zambia. UPND has continuously accused the PF government as being corrupt but has failed to provide evidence when called upon.
They have day and night painted the PF government as failures and our country as a failed state, while PF has continued with its infra-structure agenda countrywide including opposition strongholds.
UPND has continued to demean the same country they want to govern to the outside world as being ungovernable and worse than Libya, what a tragedy.
With the recent two by-election defeats, UPND is behaving like a person who blindfolds himself and pretends all is well on the road, and only when they fall into a ditch, do they cry the loudest for foreigners to save them. That is the state of the UPND’s political strategy since 2001- blind walking and crying.
Firstly, the UPND should have looked back to their 2001 election petition, and seen where Anderson Mazoka’s team went wrong – but they did not.
By the time of the 2015 election, they should have petitioned that election to test the waters and understand the judicial system. Instead, they cried a bit and then went back to their blind walking.
When 2016 elections came, they landed in another ditch. Having launched their strongest challenge in what was clearly a tough election, the UPND should have been prepared to launch a formidable petition.
Instead, their legal team, failed to argue their case before the Supreme Court. They did not even know exactly how much time they had to argue their case, until the final days, at which point they gave up and left HH to embarrass himself in court.
If the UPND is serious with its next challenge in 2021, perhaps they must immediately dispatch a team to Kenya, to go and learn political strategy from Raila Odinga. UPND needs lessons, because currently, they are clueless and ineffective.
DR JOZE MANDA.