No one is invincible

HARARE - The fall of several well-known Members of Parliament (MPs) in the MDC primary elections to little known contestants should serve as an eye opener for those in public office that they are not invincible.

Most of the losing MPs only visited their constituencies during the last campaigning period that brought them into power.

Over the years, the electorate has been silent, as most of the candidates were imposed on them, but this year’s election, is an election with a difference.

For all the period that most MPs have been in office, they have done virtually nothing, thereby taking the electorate’s vote for granted.

People are showing that they are sick and tired of being hoodwinked into believing promises from their MPs. It is good democratic practice that the errant incumbents are falling by the wayside.

Similar developments should occur in Zanu PF. The demonstration on Friday by Zanu PF supporters over the “imposition” of candidates is a wake-up call to all aspiring candidates.

MPs should learn to serve the people they represent, not spend time wining and dining on taxpayers’ money, while the people that voted them into office are wallowing in poverty.

The nation is waiting for the fall of the so-called Zanu PF heavyweights in the party’s explosive primaries which have been postponed from tomorrow to Wednesday due to confusion in the party.

Some MPs even go to an extent of abusing money provided by the government meant for the development of their areas.

Infrastructure in rural areas is dilapidated while MPs sleep and snore in Parliament, without bringing meaningful development in their areas.

People complain about their children learning in schools without roofs and only see their MPs on television.

According to Zanu PF supporters who staged a demonstration at the party’s headquarters, some MPs like Ignatius Chombo have spent 18 years in office but have done nothing for their constituencies. Yet, Zanu PF wants him to stand unopposed.

Most of these MPs forget the people who would have put them in power, as calls for development seem to fall on deaf ears.

The new development of booting out nonperforming politicians is commendable and this is the spirit we need in driving our country in the right direction.

The developments in both the MDC and Zanu PF will at least push those elected into office during the coming elections to perform and develop their constituencies.

We support the idea of lazy MPs falling. - Staff Writer

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