The current opposition leaders seem to be clueless, directionless, impotent and barren to represent the interests of Zambians apart from those of their ego and selfish agenda.
Just recently, HH, UPND president went to the University Teaching Hospital to encourage Nurses to continue their strike on the basis that government is paying a deaf ear to the salary increments. He told them not to go back for work until their plight is attended to.
Does HH take the lives of patients seriously?
How can he aspire for presidency if he does not treasure the lives of the innocent poor patients?
This does not auger well for one who looks up to the opposition as an alternative government.
Simply, they are fit to be called a makeshift opposition because of their "chongololo" approach to serious national issues.
My guess is that they have not taken time to identify the kind of a political path to take in order to win them trust and confidence of the Zambian people on issues like corruption, electoral malpractices, unemployment, mining, health among others.
To be called an opposition leader, is one thing and to assume the role is another because the latter is all about skill, passion and ability to command a following in a manner that is people driven on the earlier mentioned issues.
I know that it is every leader's desire to occupy State House but this desire must be wholly centred on the people's trust and confidence rather than to dangle money and personal ego as a launch pad for the race to plot one.
It is not being rich or highly educated which can earn one that confidence and trust of the people, but wisdom and selfless leadership with a clear understanding of social and developmental problems.
In 2001, Sata formed PF and offered the solutions with a simple message of "More Jobs, lower taxes and more money in people's pockets".
He packaged and sold it with consistence and courage based on the social and developmental problems.
Despite being under a lot of malicious attacks from the ruling party and his fellow opposition leaders and the Post Newspaper then, he never relented but made sure that he laid his vision bear for everyone to believ.
He spoke for the people and gained his trust and confidence of the people over time as he spoke more for people than himself.
Those who were in their early 20s when he spoke out his vision have seen him getting to State House in their early 30s.
He restrained his followers from violence in the crucial times of the 2006, 2008 and 2011 General elections.
Sata walked in his own shoes and introduced a different approach to politics while in opposition.
This is a big lesson to the current opposition that they have to find their own political shoes rather than to follow in Sata's shoes if they are to earn confidence of the electorates on social and developmental programmes.
The strategies the opposition want to use today, of protesting against the Chief Justice, the demand to have a medical board to examine president Sata's health, the demand to have the constitution changed, among others were Sata's strategies when he was in the opposition.
The opposition just seem to be recycling Sata's political strategies with the hope of gaining confidence and trust from the Zambians but this will not work for them as they are being viewed as imitators instead of being initiators.
As matter of fact, they have to find their own new strategies of laying out their vision with consistence and courage for a number of years to come and how they would deal with various social problems.
If they are banking on Sata’s health and one decade of 'Sata's political strategies' to get them to State House, then they should not blame anyone but themselves for failing to win the hearts and minds of electorates.
It is not how much they will attack the PF Government that will make them form government, but rather, how much they will sell their vision to the electorates with consistence.
The opposition must not preoccupy themselves with the health of President Sata or whatever succession wrangles are in PF if they are to take over the vacuum Sata has left in the opposition after forming government.
The attacks on Sata's health are not new and the opposition must find better things to sale to the electorates in highlighting performance failures and not personal ones.
UPND, MMD, NAREP, Heritage Party, FDD and many other political parties are nonexistent on the ground to offer themselves as an alternative government to the PF in their current state.
Whether with or without money, party structures and degrees, selfless leadership is what is lacking in the opposition today after Sata went to Plot 1 and if the state of affairs continues, they will remain as impotent as ever.