I had a meeting yesterday with some of our young vibrant foot soldiers that have volunteered to spread our message of hope.
These young men and women are our future and I applaud and thank them for their political engagement and interest. They are actively determined to help build a better Zambia.
However, whilst their passion is so impressive, I’ve warned them against a culture of insults and demeaning each other, especially on their social media platforms as young people in their debates.
We shall not develop our country if we continue along that path. We need to work together for the future.
For me, I am looking for a new crop of leaders that can robustly debate and engage each other in a civil manner.
I want to see who wins the debates on how we can reduce the price of mealie meal, reduce the price of sugar, the price of cement and generally reduce the cost of living for our people without insulting each other.
I want to keenly follow debates on how we can provide better education, better health care, agriculture policies, mining taxations and all that without resorting to demeaning and insulting each other.
Remember, regardless of who we are and where we come from, we all go to the same shops, hospitals, schools, use same buses, etc, and solutions on how to better these facilities will not come from demeaning and insulting each other.
This country needs unity of purpose more than before instead of the usual acrimonious behaviour we’ve seen from other parties, especially Zambia being a Christian nation.
In a democracy, I know sometimes we may have political differences on a number of issues, but our strength should be on how we iron out those differences in a civil manner because ultimately we all seek for a better country and future.
For our supporters, my message is very simple. Please be level headed no matter how much you are provoked, not only on social media platforms, but in all your conduct. That’s the only way people will notice the difference and win more people.
Have a wonderful and productive day.