When democracy entails divergence in political views and respect for citizens’ choice to belong to different political parties, University of Zambia political science lecturer Alex Ng’oma’s support for President Sata’s govt blinds him to sound like a political illiterate asking everyone to support PF
By Nyalubinge Ngwende
University of Zambia political science lecturer Alex Ng’oma is a known Patriotic Front supporter, but he must be careful when he uses his position as an academician to try and solicit support for his preferred political party from among citizens who hold different views from his.
This is because his support tends to be blind and reduces him to peddling political illiteracy.
Dr Ng’oma is quoted in an article saying Zambians must support President Michael Sata’s administration because he means well for the country.
“Citizens should learn to support a party in power until it departs from the good causes it was elected for” (Sata needs support—Ngoma, Post Newspaper of Saturday, February 22, 2014).
The political lecturer seems to be lost in his own field of specialization, particularly losing the meaning of what multiparty democracy and its principles entail.
|Dr Alex Ng'oma|
The simplicity of thinking that every government that wins elections is entitled to every citizen’s support is wrong. It defeats the divergence essence of multiparty democracy—a scale that is never in balance and a spectrum that is never white no matter how fast the spin is. It is for this that different political parties are founded on the differences in ideology and preferences of leadership style, giving citizens choice over who and what they should agree and not agree with in issues of governance.
The fact that PF only won with 180,000 votes confirms that not all Zambians agree with its leadership. When PF members accept and tolerate a president who refuses to respect democratic principles and insults with cheap and boring sarcasm pertinent national issues raised by interest groups, does not mean well meaning Zambians do the same.
We the majority of citizens are not happy when various interest groups representing a big constituent are calling for a people driven constitution, President Sata responds by asking them whether they have ever seen an animal driven constitution for them to demand for a people driven one. PF members applaud and find nothing wrong in President Sata’s answer. But we, who are seeking an assurance over the constitution from the President, in a respectable manner, feel insulted. That already separates those who support Sata and those who prefer other leadership and style of governance.
Dr Ng’oma continues:
“President Sata has demonstrated political will in the fight against corruption and we have seen him take action where there is clear evidence and therefore, people of Zambia must be patient with him, it is because he doesn’t want to be doing things alone.”
Political will in the fight against corruption? Oh my foot!
Hope Dr Ng’oma is not talking about the same Sata who told the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and other law enforcement agencies not to investigate any of his ministers unless with his consent. And we have seen what that means.