Political analyst, Maxwell Saungweme has called for the enactment of legislation that allows for sitting government officials, particularly the President and his ministers to be charged and arrested for failing to diligently perform their duties.
Saungweme was speaking to the Daily News on whether there should be legislation to prevent less popular political parties from participating in elections. He said:
We have more pressing issues as a nation than these political parties. We should have legislation, instead that allows sitting presidents and ministers to be charged and arrested for gross negligence of duty if we are going for days without medicines, doctors, electricity and years with debilitating unemployment.
These political parties are the same. They are run by power-hungry people who are looking for employment. So you can’t bar others from participating or expressing interest to contest because you think you are more popular than them.
He also said that political parties must not be given money from the national purse adding that Treasury religiously gives political parties their money even when critical sectors such as the health sector are in critical condition.
His remarks come when public health workers are on industrial action which started on the 3rd of September over salaries and working conditions.
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