ZAMBIANS have become poorer and economically distressed because of the mega failures of the Patriotic Front (PF), United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has said.
Mr Hichilema said the PF was a big failure and that Zambians were regretting having voted for the ruling party on the mantra of more money in the pocket and more jobs for the youths: and the hopes of a better future had completely melted away.
He said the PF government had continued to be a joke as Zambians had continued to suffer economically, socially and politically.
Reflecting on the three years of the PF in government, Mr Hichilema said life had become more difficult for the ordinary and poor Zambians because the cost of living had more than trebled under President Michael Sata’s leadership.
He said in the three years that the PF had been in government, the cost of mealie meal had become prohibitive to most families who were cheated by the ruling party that life was going to be easier as basic commodities would be cheaper and easily accessible.
Mr Hichilema said there had been a complete breakdown in the rule of law under the PF with the record of human rights abuses having been the worst in history.
Mr Hichilema said it was no longer debatable that the PF was a failed project and that Zambians were desperately looking for an alternative government that would genuinely meet their desires and aspirations.
He said many school leavers were being offloaded on the streets because they could not afford school fees to enter into colleges and universities yet the PF was boasting of building more tertiary institutions.
Mr Hichilema said a lot of university graduates were roaming the streets because the job market had been shrinking in the last three years of the PF in government.
“The Patriotic Front has made Zambians poorer and more stressed economically, socially and politically because of their poor economic management. When the PF was forming government, Zambians were buying mealie meal at K37 and within three years, the people are buying the staple food at more than K80 in Lusaka while in areas like Zambezi and other rural communities, they are buying it at more than K100. There is less disposable income in the pockets of Zambians and there are no jobs. The PF has been a failed project and these mega failures will unite Zambians to correct the mistake they made in 2011,” Mr Hichilema said.