WHAT IS HAKAINDE BENEFITING POLITICALLY FROM HIS SOCIAL MEDIA ANTICS?
The Candidates’ Comment
To be foolish is to rely on your opponent’s weaknesses for an election victory. To think that the Patriotic Front(PF) is ready to let go of power easily is to be stupid. To think that PF is weak in this election is perhaps naive. Make no mistake, PF is in this election stronger than they were in 2016.
Of course the tides are against PF. Many people are hungry and therefore angry. While there are chauvinistic people who still believe in anything about PF, a good number of conscious people have realised that PF has diverted from it’s fundamental intent of serving the suffering masses to being a party that serves a few politically connected. A party that once represented the interest of poor people now serves the interest of glutonous characters, cabals and crooks of all sorts. Whereas, majority people are struggling to put three decent meals on their tables, the few in the ranks of the PF are filthy rich.
But while this is so, it appears the main opposition party that stands to benefit more from the tides against PF, is doing things in the wrong way.
With the exception of the Socialist Party, there is no party in Zambia that has a pragmatic and workable way of mobilising real voters.
The United Party for National Development (UPND) seems to be doing things in the same manner they did in previous elections where they lost. We all know that real voters, real numbers are mostly in rural parts of Zambia. For Michael Sata to win the 2011 elections, he spent the greatest time talking to people in rural parts of Zambia. It took Michael 10 good years to be able to achieve that. Currently only Fred M’membe and his party seems to understand that the people in Metropolitan provinces like Lusaka and Copperbelt are hyped. Today, people are following Hakainde’s convoy and flashing the UPND symbol but those same people will be following Bowman Lusambo’s convoy and flashing a PF symbol tomorrow.
What Hakainde is doing moving in those convoys with a string of cadres following him around has very minimal political benefits. How many does Hakainde think are convinced to vote for him among the people that cheer for him and flash UPND symbol as he does his stunts?
We do not want to believe that Hakainde think that PF has lost the election already. PF has not lost the election yet and still has the election to win. Look at how the members of PF have been littered around the country campaigning in rural parts of Zambia!
Has Hakainde gone to Vubwi yet? Has Hakainde gone to Shang’ombo yet? These and indeed many other rural areas are where the votes are and where victory is. Whatever Hakainde is doing in Copperbelt is a waste of time on his part.
Those stunts will get you many facebook likes and comments but will not get you victory. If Hakainde doesn’t change his tactics as soon as yesterday, let him forget about winning this election