Mbhazima Shilowa writes that that the promised clean-ups we are seeing from political parties have nothing to do with a commitment to clean and ethical governance. It has all to do with the looming local government elections.
The silly season is upon us. Political parties will soon hit the streets selling dreams. Some have already set up their stalls. Job opportunities are booming for snake oil salesmen. Soon it will be what it's like in a crowded marketplace. Nothing is beyond reach - the earth, the moon, the stars - all available at bargain prices. You just need to dream big. You can even score a bargain for a beach and sort out the matter of not having an ocean at a later date.
The long-forgotten gravel road in the village will soon be a priority. Vague promises, such as "the department has sent someone to survey the place, and work will begin soon", will abound. If you are lucky, they will even put down white markers for control, as the millennials would say.