PAC president Andyford Banda says the UPND government can’t claim that they will rule for over 20 years when they haven’t done anything tangible which they can point at since assuming office.
Government Chief Whip Stafford Mulusa recently said UPND would be in government for more than 20 years as it had set out to address people’s challenges.
But in an interview, Banda said it was unfortunate that people were more concerned about power as opposed to delivering to the people.
He advised the UPND to focus on working so that Zambians could properly judge them in the next five years.
“People are more concerned about power as opposed to delivering to the people. Because in that statement, there is no reason as to why he thinks the UPND will rule for 20 years, or what they have delivered to the people. Because it’s almost one year now and there is nothing tangible that the UPND can point at, and as a result, they should not have a reason to say they will rule for over 20 years. There is nothing wrong with a party ruling 20 years. But I think what they need to do is to deliver on the promises and [working] on improving people’s lives,” said Banda.
“But if parties just want to have power, and they are not focusing on delivering and they want to come out with sentiments like ‘we will be in power for 20 years’, I think that is unfortunate, and that is the same thing we saw under PF. It’s also disrespectful to our democracy because the UPND will not elect itself. People must choose to say that they should continue or not. So they should focus on working so that we see how people will judge them in the next five years. Then we will take it up from there.”