UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has urged party structures throughout the country to mobilise and stop mourning after the loss in the just ended president election.
In an interview Mr. Hichilema who has refused to concede defeat said mourning for the ‘stolen votes’ would not help the party to recover ahead of the crucial 2016 general elections.
He said for now the party should work hard and focus on how they would mobilise and protect their votes from allegedly being stolen again in 2016.
“But it will be a waste of time to continue mourning. I urge all our members, our hard working members to stop mourning now and go back in the field to mobilize and recruit more members ahead of the 2016 general election,” said Mr. Hichilema who lost by 27000 votes to PF candidate President Edgar Lungu.
Mr. Hichilema said 2016 would be a crucial and critical year for the party and that it was important for party officials to re-organise and re-strategies ahead of the election.
“We did our best in the just ended election but that does not mean that we should bank on our works in the just ended election. It is time for us to work hard with the view that in 2016 Zambians will look at us as an alternative government,” he said.
Mr. Hichilema said he was proud to lead a strong opposition political party which if given chance had the capacity to change Zambia in the first three years in office.
And Mr. Hichilema said Zambia should not despair for a better Zambia because once elected in government, UPND would work towards uplifting the lives of many poor Zambians. He said poverty reduction and unemployment was on the top of the agenda.
“We are not going to stop talking about poverty reduction, high cost of living, poor developmental planning for the nation, free education and access to free and quality health service delivery for all Zambians,” Mr Hichilema said.
He said the UPND would refocus on rural development as a way of addressing the issue of rural development and unemployment.
Mr. Hichilema said people in rural areas were not very much considered by the PF, adding that if elected into government in 2016, his party would create an environment for rural development.
“We shall empower our people in rural areas with soft loans and make them viable in development. We shall also ensure that teachers sent to teach in rural areas got what they deserved by improving conditions of service. We shall also ensure that rural health centres have qualified health workers,” he said.
“This is the message I want our members to preach to the people out there. It is important that we understand that there is a huge difference between UPND and the PF. We are action oriented.
We work with a plan and we have proved that,” he said.
Mr. Hichilema said UPND members should realise that a victory in 2016 was not guaranteed without working hard ahead of the election.