IT is now evident that next yearâ€™s presidential elections will be decided on the platforms of continuity or change. Party manifestos and well-pitched political massages have been deployed to entice the electorates.
However, manifestos alone are insufficient to reveal the true intentions of politicians. This is because deftly crafted policies have in the past have become still-borns because of lack of political will.
Politicians have become so adept at preaching water during campaigns and drinking wine once in office! A candidateâ€™s suitability and sincerity to implement his or her agenda should be judged on the basis of past record, commitment, actions and political gaffes.
For an ideology or policy to be concretised, its proponent must be someone who is powerful enough with sufficient authority over political and financial resources to direct them in support of the promised goodies.
Power and authority come from having the numbers, especially in Parliament. Dedicated bureaucrats committed to continuity or policy re-engineering are also very crucial.
The Asian economic Tigers have had phenomenal economic development because technocrats there are less attuned to personal aggrandisement but focused on service to their people.
Entrenched corruption has thwarted many development initiatives in Africa. Many times leaders with good policies and intentions have been failed by less patriotic bureaucrats.
Politicians preach water but drink wine