UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has advised the people of the Copperbelt province to reject the Patriotic Front (PF) in the January 20 Presidential by-election because it has no desire to improve people’s lives.
Mr Hichilema said the PF government should be booted out of government because, in the years it has been in government, poverty levels have continued to rise and most people have lost jobs contrary to its campaign of more jobs and more money in the pockets.
The UPND leader said yesterday at Freedom Park in Kitwe during a campaign rally that the people of the Copperbelt should make the right decision of voting for UPND and Hakainde HIchilema on January 20 because such a decision would be a step towards finding a solution to the many problems they were facing.
Mr Hichilema was accompanied by UPND chairperson Mutale Nalumango, Maureen Mwanawasa, Situmbeko Musokotwane, Felix Mutati and other UPND official.
He said the problems of unemployment, high school fees, erratic water supply high mealie-meal prices and local contractors and suppliers being denied contractors by foreign investors would be sorted out by the UPND government under Mr Hichilema.
“I know you are facing a lot of problems here on the Copperbelt. Problems like erratic water supply in Chamboli and Wusakile, high mealie-meal and unemployment are some of the problems you should be thinking about as you go to vote on January 20.
“If you want these problems to come to an end, then you should reject the PF which has failed to deliver its campaign promises in the last three years. Yes reject PF and instead vote for UPND which will deal with these problems,” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Hichilema also rubbished sentiments from the PF that once elected President Mr Hichilema would divide the country into Barotseland, saying his interest was not to divide the country, but develop the country and improve people’s lives.
“Those are lies, am not interested in dividing the country. When I divide the country, where would I take it? My interest is to develop the country and ensure that people’s lives are improved,” He said.
Earlier, Maureen Mwanawasa said Mr Hichilema cannot be compared to other presidential candidates who had no vision where to take Zambia, but was an intelligent and wise leader who would take Zambia to greater heights.
She said she was campaigning for Mr Hichilema because he was a sellable candidate and once elected into government, he would deliver on his campaign promises.
She, however, advised Mr Hichilema to ensure that women were properly empowered unlike this time when women were being given club loans of K2,500.
“I know HH will deliver, but you should not forget about women because if you forget about women, i will lead a protest march to State House to complain about women being neglected,” Dr Mwanawasa.