Words of the most unceremonious kinds are often flung at incumbent MPs for delivering ‘hot air’, after promising heaven on earth during campaigns. While the voters discontentedly heap the blames on the leaders, they themselves deserve portions of the blames – for accepting to be fooled into electing irresponsible characters.

 

Most of our aspiring leaders may not be exceptionally intelligent, but they are neither foolish. They cannot fail to throw in a few unrealistic promises, if electorates would be keen to tag their votes to such ‘giant lies’. Even non-performers or individuals with irredeemably tarnished public images, with well documented track record of graft and abuse of office can still get re-elected, just because they have dished out free cash or blatantly exaggerating their manifestos. Some people definitely thrive on the ignorance of the masses!

The voters have over the years graduated from mere receivers of bribes to become active demanding parties of bribe-for-votes, something that many believe has slowly but steadily commercialized politics. It is not a coincidence that a sizeable number of MPs have over the last 5 years been humiliated in the courts of law on account of failure to pay back loans, which quite possible they could have just squandered to bribe voters. How else can an MP who is paid handsomely fail to pay a loan he has used for productive venture?

 

Mr Abed Bwanika deserves applause here for his straightforwardness whenever confronted by salt or waragi-demanding voters – he simply tells them off without mincing a word. How do you expect somebody wishing to help you out of your problems to first bribe you?

Back to the real world, it is unwise to condemn the voters as being unforesighted; this state of affairs is only symptomatic of poverty. The starting point at achieving a lasting solution is joining hands to fight poverty, which in this case is the root cause to the problem itself, and shares direct correlation to ignorance – the mother of all insensible acts.