ALL presidential candidates promising free education from Grade one to university or collage are lying because it is impossible, Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi has said.
Ms Nawakwi, who is former Minister of Finance in the Frederick Chiluba government, said the only possibility for free education was between Grade one and nine or 12.
She said it was impossible to have free tertiary education by any Government that would rule.
Ms Nawakwi, who was addressing Chipata residents at Paramount Chief Mpenzeni’s palace, told them to vote wisely on January 20 to avoid voting for a president who would not fulfil his promises.
Ms Nawakwi had earlier paid a courtesy on Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni-speaking people.
The traditional leader said during the meeting that he had been observing Ms Nawakwi’s politics and expressed confidence that she may one day rule Zambia.
Paramount Chief Mpezeni said Ms Nawakwi had been consistent from the time she took over from the late Christon Tembo as president of FDD.
He said Ms Nawakwi was a strong and visionary leader, adding that she might rule Zambia in future because of her consistency.
“I know you, my daughter, you have been in politics for so many years and you have been strong. You know how to do politics, your chance will come,” the chief said.
And Ms Nawakwi told the chief that she was ready for the presidency adding that she would develop the nation and alleviate poverty, among the poor in society. She said the leadership crisis which had rocked the PF after president Michael Sata died was avoidable if only his Government had accepted to release and enact the new Constitution which had provisions that when the sitting president dies, the vice president takes over as President.
“We told PF to enact the constitution but he (Mr Sata) refused and now look at what has happened, We have costly presidential by-elections,” she said.
Ms Nawakwi said she decided to pay a courtesy call on the chief for him to bless her.
“I am here so that you can bless me. I am your daughter just like all the other presidential candidates who are your sons,” she said. Ms Nawakwi told the chief that she deserved to be his favourite child because she was the only female candidate who would stand during this month’s polls.
She said Zambia had a lot of resources but the problem was that it was not equally distributed among its owners (citizens). “This is why under my government we shall promote decentralization in order to allow equal distribution of resources in all provinces,” she said. And the opposition leader said it was unfortunate for any presidential candidates to be campaigning on tribal lines.
Speaking when she addressed the people of Chipangali constituency at Mugubudu market, Mrs Nawakwi said it was unfair to the new generation for any presidential candidate to use tribe during campaigns.