Nawakwi counsels political ‘prostitutes’

FORUM for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi has urged politicians not to move from one political party to another.

Ms Nawakwi said sticking to one political party would help politicians to grow and get stability in their political careers.

Speaking when she featured on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) radio programme on Monday, Ms Nawakwi said she gets amused when she saw people jumping from one party to another.

“I would like to remember what uncle Simon Zukas once told me. He says even those who stand still and wait, your turn will come one day. I always remember that. When you are consistent you will one day be found on the right side.

“I get amused with people who change their ideologies overnight. This day you find them with this party and the other with that one. Consistency does help to stabilise an individual. We have been in the opposition for the last 13 years,” Ms Nawakwi said.

Ms Nawakwi said she resisted job offers in government because she was not sure that ideologies of her political party would be promoted if she joined a governing party.

“It doesn’t mean that I haven’t had temptations to be offered something. Those have come my way but the primary mover is if I took a job as minister in that government, will they have the vision we have as FDD?” she said.

The opposition leader said there were moments in FDD when it was apparent that almost all her members were leaving the party but she remained behind. She said because of that consistency, the party has remained strong, reorganised and regained its lost glory.

“Our vision is that Zambia can be poverty free,  that Zambia can also be democratic. We believe that the only way to tackle this crunching poverty is to decentralize politically and economically.  Right now you will find that everything that we do in our daily lives has to be in Lusaka; for me it hurts me,” she said.

Ms Nawakwi said lack of decentralization of national affairs to rural areas has aggravated poverty levels in those areas, adding that for FDD to achieve development and transformation it has to change public administration.

She said for the country to be poverty-free, the national cake should be shared equitably to all the people and avoid wasteful expenditures.

“We have to transform the way we manage our country and take resources right down to the people. That is the only way get the people will get involved in the governance of our country,” she said.

She said when the rural people are empowered, they would be able to manage resources allocated to them in their areas.