This election was at least as historical as the one that ended the Banda regime. This one made the first major break from the politics of mediocrity and opportunism that Bakili Muluzi had cultivated. This election confounded a number of long-held beliefs about political alliances, about the political pull of some individuals, and about the regional and ethnic fault lines in There are a number of important points we would like to highlight in these preliminary observations about the elections.
There are a number of important points we would like to highlight in these preliminary observations about the elections.
First, we can rightly be proud that most of our key institutions functioned well during these elections. Add on to all this the peaceful and decent comportment of the electorate during an electoral campaigned in which hard words were exchanged and provocative statements were liberally sprinkled in the rhetoric.
Second, in many ways this marked the end of a political generation that has dominated politics over the 40 years either as members of MCP or its “Team B” UDF. If a viabrant opposition is to emerge from the ruins of this political legacy, then IT must move beyond the MCP and Team B MCP political culture. Banda era politics was never about issues but about the cult of personality, sycophancy and court intrigue . Those who had learnt politics at his feet were simply not able to think beyond this type of politics and there were at great pains to find new things to do or say. It is interesting that in cobbling together their coalition, the emphasis was not on a common, well thought vision for
Third, this election showed that issues matter in
Fourth, this election suggested that we ought to have a more nuanced view of the role of ethncity in
The fifth point was that no individual holds any part of
And finally the elections have exposed the vacuity of some of the political punditry in