UPND’S APPROACH TO CHANGE, A DANGEROUS DEPARTURE FROM DEMOCRACY
By Chanoda Ngwira
The recent change in government in Zambia, with the UPND party taking over from the PF, was seen by many as a sign of hope for a better future. UPND promised development and a commitment to upholding the rule of law, which resonated with the electorate. However, the manner in which UPND is now handling their newfound power raises concerns about their true intentions and their respect for democratic principles.
One of the most alarming aspects of UPND’s approach to change is their use of institutions to target the PF. While it is important to hold the previous government accountable for any wrongdoings, it should be done within the bounds of the constitution and due process. However, UPND’s actions seem to indicate a desire to obliterate the very foundations of democracy and the rule of law.
By using institutions as a tool to dismantle the previous government, UPND risks undermining the constitutional checks and balances that are essential for a functioning democracy. This approach not only sets a dangerous precedent but also raises concerns about the party’s commitment to a fair and inclusive political system. The desire for a one-party state, particularly evident in their actions within Parliament where there seem to be a fast forward process of removing PF office bearers in the House yet the matter is court, further erodes the democratic values that Zambians voted for.
While it is true that the PF government may have committed notable atrocities during their tenure, using those as a reference to justify similar actions is both morally and ethically wrong. The purpose of change is to move forward and create a better society, not to repeat the same mistakes under a different banner. Zambians voted for UPND in the hopes of seeing positive change, not a continuation of the same destructive patterns.
It is essential for UPND to reflect on their actions and reassess their approach to governance. The promise of change should not be overshadowed by a thirst for power and a disregard for democratic principles. Zambians deserve a government that upholds the rule of law, respects the constitution, and works towards the betterment of the nation.
The change that Zambians voted for was one that promised development and a commitment to the rule of law. However, UPND’s actions in targeting the PF through institutions raise serious concerns about their intentions and their respect for democracy. It is crucial for the new government to remember that change can only be meaningful if it is carried out with integrity and a genuine desire to improve the lives of the people.