ZAMBIA is suffering from economic failure and needs an economic manager to heal from its economic malaise, United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has said.
And Chongwe Patriotic Front (PF) Member of Parliament (MP) Sylvia Masebo has appealed to Mr Hichilema to dismantle the Patriotic Front structures in markets and bus stations because they were illegally charging and collecting levies instead of the councils.
Mr Hichilema has reiterated his pledge that he would dedicate his presidency to fixing the country’s economy which he said had been vandalized by the PF in the three years the ruling party has been in Government,
Addressing a mass rally in Lusaka’s Mtendere township yesterday, Mr Hichilema said he was going to dedicate his presidential abilities to creating jobs and assured the police, military and the civil servants that their jobs were safe.
Mr Hichilema pledged that the UPND in government would change the policy of renewing driving licences so that drivers could renew their licenses every three years.
“Voting is not a joke and you must ensure that you vote for a president who has focus. In the past we voted anyhow and that is why we have ended up where we are. ,”Mr Hichilema said.
He condemned the violence that has characterized the campaigns in the past few days, stating that Zambians must reject the politics of pangas which he said was being perpetrated by the PF.
“We do not want to have a country governed by violence and if the PF wants to continue harassing citizens, let them come to me because I am used having been arrested nine times in two and a half years.
Mr Hichilema said there was failure of leadership in the PF that was why Zambians were being subjected to harsh economic conditions.
And Ms Masebo said the presidential election this month was not about belonging to a political party but changing the way the country was supposed to be governed.
Ms Masebo said the PF had become the most violent in history and appealed to Mr Hichilema to destroy the structures of the ruling party in markets and bus stations because the general public was being harassed.
Former deputy ambassador to India Andrew Banda said he respected his father, Rupiah Banda because he was a cultured son who had been brought up in a family that was respectful.