THE WEAKEST OPPOSITION EVER

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Francis Chipili

THE WEAKEST OPPOSITION EVER

By Francis Chipili

In the history of Zambia the country is represented by the weakest opposition ever.

The country has a fragmented opposition with no sound sustained message of hope being offered to the people.

Apart from the social media criticism of the ruling party, what message of hope is the opposition communicating to the people?

The country’s politics has mostly been reduced to social media commentaries rather than real grassroot door to door engagements with the people.

For the first time in the history of Zambia, the country doesn’t have a lead alternative opposition leader leading a political party as government in waiting.

Among the current fragmented opposition party presidents none of them can be sold to the people of Zambia in less than four (4).

Those who care to understand grassroots political good will buy in from the people must visit the Micheal Chilufya Sata school of politics and learn the art of altering the people’s mind and or outlook of the ruling party.

What exactly is the current opposition doing to manage the psychological consumer behaviour of politics in Zambia by the people?

The art of politics is very dynamic and so the need for well thought out strategic approach must go beyond social media commentaries and dry satire. As of now the people of Zambia have been denied the opportunity to evaluate the alternative government in waiting leader.

The opposition must quickly reflect on it’s current approach of checks and balances and ways of positioning.

Francis Chipili
Business and Political Analyst

10 COMMENTS

  1. I beg to differ. To every armchair analyst Zambia always has a ‘weak fragmented opposition’ and yet Zambia has changed ruling political parties only equalled perhaps by Malawi in Southern Africa.

    Bufi! Zambia has always had strong vital opposition parties otherwise we would not be the democracy we are. Those of us who have had a privilege to travel have seen the admiration that other Africans have for us Zambians regarding the governance of our country.

    • Well articulated. There is no politician as of now whom we can say is a president in waiting, no political party we can say, let us try them.

      From GBM, CK, Nawakwi, Sean Tembo, Mwenda, Mutotwe Kafwaya, Mundubiles, Mwamba ;name them, their only statement is HH has failed. No alternative message, no hope messages, only insults, arrogance, accusations, rudeness, alarming and misquided.

  2. I totally agree with you. There is no hope from the current crop of opposition leaders. All they know is condemn, condemn, condemn until they begin to condemn themselves in the end. They have condemned this government way before the president was even sworn in. Awe kuwayawaya fye kwena mwe.

  3. Sadly so true. For the first time since multiparty democracy, Zambia has no credible opposition to stand as a govt in waiting.
    Luckily we have a govt in place now of men and women who came in to serve not to enrich themselves. The president and most of the ministers live in own accomodation, they have not put their extended families in the Ministerial houses that they are rightly entitled to. May God continue to guide these men and women to deliver Zambia from the vultures of the past regime.

  4. The strength of any political party is dependent on its values and policies that it stands for. We saw it during the MMD Mwanawasa (MHSRIP) rule that the opposition of those days was only capitalizing on character assassination of the President as an individual. However when those that were in the opposition came to power we were able to see that the man they called Cabbage was far much better than them. History tends to repeat itself and we are now seeing a similar tend. Other than enriching themselves as individuals using taxpayers money, and feeling that that they are the Zambians, I do not see anything else in PF. So how can such and opposition be strong?

  5. BA CHIPILI, THE OPPOSITION IN ZAMBIA WAS KILLED BY THE PF WHEN IT WAS IN POWER BY OPENLY SHOWING THAT IT (PF) WAS WORKING WITH ALL OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTIES EXCEPT THE UPND. IT EVEN PLANNED SUSTAINED ATTACKS ON THE UPND TO ENSURE THAT THEY WERE DONE EVERYDAY. THAT IS WHY MWULEMWA, ATTACKING UPND ON MONDAY, PASTOR CHANDA ON TUESDAY, RIGHT MUSONA ON WEDNESDAY, TAYALEE ON THURSDAY, MEEMBE ON FRIDAY, KAMIMBYA ON SATURDAY AND BA MWINE ON SUNDAY IN CHURCH AND THIS WENT UNTIL AUGUST 2021. NOW THE PEOPLE HATED THE PF AND ITS ALLIES BECAUSE OF THE PF’s VIOLENCE, CORRUPTION, NEPOTISM AND OTHER SOCIAL ILLS. SO WHEN THE PF LOST THE ELECTION, THE HATRED NOW EXTENDS TO ALL ITS ALLIES AND SOME CSO SUCH AS NTEWEWEWE. THAT IS WHY THEY ARE QUIET BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THEY ARE WEAK.

  6. The opposition is always viewed as weak until the Presidential and General Elections. This is so because of the inherent advantage of a ruling party like for our Zambia unfortunately everything revolves around the Government and party in power. If you analyse, all of our defeated sitting Presidents have all underwent shock of some kind.

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