UNLESS UPND supporters go to vote en mass, they should not expect the party to win the presidential election tomorrow, United Party for National Development president Hakainde Hichilema has cautioned.
Mr Hichilema said Zambians were cheated in 2011 and they have a chance to correct the mistake they made of voting for the PF and that God has given them a chance to redeem themselves from poverty, hunger, economic hardship and violence by voting for the UPND which he said was the only hope for the country.
Mr Hichilema said although he was sure that nothing was going to stop the UPND from winning the presidential election tomorrow, it was critical that the people who were attending his rallies voted for him to ensure that their vote was protected.
Addressing a rally at Woodlands Stadium yesterday, Mr Hichilema said electing a president was not a joke, saying that Zambians should stop voting for leaders for the sake of it because that was what promoted mediocrity.
“Do not play with your vote and never take leadership to people who have proved to have no capacity and respect for the power you give them. I can assure you that your vote will be utilized to your benefit. Our dream can only be realized if you all wake early on Tuesday and go and vote. I am sure that there is nothing that is going to stop us from winning this election but let us not be complacent because even if you want me to be your president, I can lose if you only attend my rallies and do not vote for me. Your vote will only be valid if you vote,” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Hichilema reiterated that his priority if elected president tomorrow would be to ensure that Zambians were well fed by working to reduce the price of food through improved agriculture policy.
Mr Hichilema denounced violence, saying the pangas were not meant for hacking other citizens but that it was an instrument to use in productive ventures such as harvesting sugarcane.
And Chongwe PF Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo said the presidential election tomorrow was not about PF, the UPND or the MMD but the good of the country because Zambia was much bigger than political parties and individuals.
Ms Masebo said even if she was a PF die-hard member, she could never waste her vote on Mr Lungu because he (Lungu) was not fit to be president as he had allegedly failed to effectively run the ministries for which he was in charge.
Former MMD strongman William Banda told the rally that the UPND was not tribal, stating that the opposition political party was determined to promote unity and harmony in the country by forming an inclusive government.
MMD chairman for legal Bradford Machila said Mr Hichilema had the ability to change the economic direction because of his vast experience in business.