MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING STILL NOT SIGNED

The Memorandum of Understanding between political parties which was scheduled for signature on 8 November 2016 seems, at the moment at least, to be no longer part of the agenda of political parties as political leaders are busy criss-crossing the country on the campaign trail.

What is magnificent about developments since the campaign started is that there is yet to be reports of any major incident in spite of record crowds. There is also greater focus on issues rather than the trading of insults and mudslinging as had happened in the past. The APRC is trying to show that it has brought a lot of development and has promised to do more while the opposition is pointing to the economic hardship, bad governance and impunity.

By 2 December 2016 we will know who has won the battle for the hearts and minds of the people.

Needless to say a memorandum of understanding is always needed to ensure a level playing field (such as the use of government vehicles by the ruling party) and a peaceful election; and this is the time it is most needed when tempers can easily flare and contestants become desperate.