Intellectual Poverty (Howard Sikwela)

From Zambian Economist Wed Jan 16 2013, 01:00:00

"One asks a question, where would an MP get resources to develop his constituency? Of course it is from the Government of the day. An MP must think development, talk development and dream development. It is with a heavy heart that today I have to announce my resignation as area MP and as a member of UPND"

(Source : Times of Zambia)

Howard Sikwela recently became the the first parliamentarian to abandon UPND in this parliament. But he is coming off the back of recent MMD defections - Steven Masumba and Gabriel Namulambe, who were MMD parliamentarians in Mufumbwe and Mpongwe constituencies, respectively. It looks like Catherine Namugala may join them - currently suspended.

But it's not the resignations that should concern us. This is expected under "belly politics" with poor ideological platforms and disorganised opposition parties. There's in fact a positive slant to this : PF experienced the same in opposition (when the rebels shifted their support to MMD) and it helped cleanse PF as a party. PF was left with a core group more clear and more determined about change. Resignations are part of a creative destruction process of renewing political parties.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Uganda:   With Museveni's Main Rival Dispatched, What's Next? (analysis)
The Independent
22 December 2014

President Yoweri Museveni has officially defeated his latest challenger, ex-Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, but observers now wait to see what he will do with the victory. In a well-orchestrated game of ... [read more]

Africa:   Africa Wants to Go Into Business (analysis)
South African Institute of International Affairs
22 December 2014

Global experience in the last century demonstrated that it is possible for societies to move rapidly from poverty to prosperity. The past decade has seen growing hope that Africa may be on the cusp of ... [read more]

Tunisie:   Beji Caïd Essebsi élu président (news)
Radio France Internationale
22 December 2014

C'est officiel, la Tunisie a un nouveau président. Beji Caïd Essebsi, le chef du parti Nidaa Tounes l'emporte sur son rival, Moncef Marzouki. [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!