A civil society organistaion has asked Zambians to be vigilant and not to fall prey to political deceptions as the country prepares to hold presidential by-elections on January 20, 2015.
Zambian Voice (TZV) Executive Director Chilufya Tayali advised the electorate to fully scrutinize all presidential candidates by asking them to explain any clandestine activities attached to their names or character.
Mr. Tayali explained that the media should help the citizens by asking presidential hopeful candidates tough questions so that the electorate make informed decision on to vote for.
He was speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka today.
Mr. Tayali has since appealed to the electorates to desist from voting for a politician who ia surrounded by many people who are mostly job seekers.
He explained that the popularity of a particular candidate does not mean one has integrity, political acumen or qualities to lead a nation.
Mr. Tayali said Zambians should look for a mature leader who will put the interests of the people first and has a vision for Zambia.
He stressed that politics should not just benefit the elected but rather the electorates by bettering their welfare.
Mr. Tayali said Zambia needs a leader to stabilize, correct and maintain policies that will see the country ‘land’ in 2016 safely in readiness for the next general elections.
Meanwhile, Mr. Tayali has expressed concern at the monies political parties are using for campaigns.
He said the huge sums of money being spent by political parties were a source of worry as some parties did not have money before the death of President Sata.
Mr. Tayali has since implored political parties participating in the January 20, 2015 general elections to disclose the sources of their funding.