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Chapter Five 1999 Post-Elections Period - Leicester Research ...

Chapter Five 1999 Post-Elections Period - Leicester Research ...

203 indiscipline in the

203 indiscipline in the previous government meant that the UDF MPs could no longer deny that their previous government was fiscally incompetent, if not, altogether corrupt. The problem definition of this frame was combined with the causal interpretation due to overlaps (See Table 6.12). The combined component had 10 coded paragraphs representing 23.8% of the coded paragraphs in this frame drawn from 24 speeches. Table 6.12: Problem definitions and Causal interpretations in the Failed Government Frame Problem Def./Causal Interp. Parties Paragraphs Out of 24 (n=10) speeches Last government had no vision & was inefficient MCP 3 (30%) 3 PPM 4 (40%) 4 RP 3 (30%) 3 Total 10 (100%) 10 The problem definition simply charged that the previous government lacked vision in the running of the country. This, in turn, resulted in an inefficient government as the MCP and the other opposition parties charged (See Table 6.12). John Tembo (2004, p.11), the MCP‟s President and Leader of the Opposition, remarked: “The problem was there was no vision at all.” As a result of this lack of vision, the UDF was deemed to have failed as projects did not effectively meet the people‟s needs. The central narrative in the moral evaluation component consisted of a series of disparaging assessments on the UDF government for the past 10 years. These paragraphs basically portrayed the previous UDF as inefficient. There were 14 paragraphs coded to this aspect of the frame (See Table 6.13). Some of the assessment drew directly from those discussed in the Problem Definition above. Such assessments included remarks on the previous government‟s lack of efficiency and accountability in government business linking such lack of accountability

204 to arrogance. There were 13 such paragraphs. More notably, the PPM MP, Aleke Banda (2004, p.26) and formerly senior cabinet minister in the UDF government alluded to such inefficiencies, lack of accountability and arrogance: “We squandered the opportunities that were presented to us in 1999. We became arrogant.” Table 6.13: Moral Evaluations in the Failed Government Frame Moral Evaluations Parties Paragraphs speeches The previous govt. was corrupt and arrogant MCP 6 (18.8%) 6 RP 3 (9.4%) 3 PPM 4 (12.5%) 4 Total 13 (40.7%) 13 The previous government was inefficient MGODE 3 (9.4%) 3 MCP 4 (12.5%) 4 RP 3 (9.4%) 3 Independents 4 (12.5%) 4 Total 14 (43.8%) 14 The previous govt. lacked fiscal discipline MCP 5 (15.6%) 5 Total 32 (100%) 27 Further, the MCP MPs in particular, argued that the only reason why there was a semblance of order in the country in 2004 was because of the foundation the MCP had laid between 1964 and 1994. MCP MP, L.J.C. Chilunjika (2004, p. 9), argued: “I think what was poor in the past 10 years was the leader, the government and its leadership.” 6.4.3 Discussion This section discusses the factors which led to the emergence of the Electoral Processes Frame in the newspapers‟ corpus and the Failed Government Frame in the parliamentary corpus. As with the overarching frames, news values played a major hand in the emergency of the Electoral Process Frame, and in the parliamentary Failed

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