UPND is seeking public office to resolve the failure of past leadership to convert Zambia’s great wealth into benefit for the people, party leader Hakainde Hichilema told the Royal Africa Society in London on Tuesday.
Mr Hichilema who lost the presidential election last January to President Edgar Lungu said there was need for Government to prioritize an economic turnaround for Zambia that would see local and international businesses flourish.
He said prioritizing economic growth would increase employment opportunities as well as revenues for investment in education and healthcare.
Mr Hichilema, who addressed the audience on the theme ‘Prospects for Zambia 2016’, said the UPND would continue to listen and share its vision and message with the Zambian people during the next 16 months.
He said UPND would also continue holding the Government to account by presenting alternative policy approaches.
“UPND is seeking public office to resolve the failure of past leadership to convert Zambia’s great wealth into benefit for the people,” the UPND leader said.
Mr Hichilema said failed leadership by previous governments had let the Zambian people down time and again.
He said governance was a partner to social and economic development, reiterating the need for a new Constitution that Zambians were still waiting for.
Mr Hichilema said the current Constitution gave too much power to the President which was encouraging the abuse of the Public Order Act. The address was followed by an extended question and answer session moderated by the Royal Africa Society executive director Richard Dowden. The audience later asked Mr Hichilema on various topics from agriculture and healthcare, to learning from the 2015 presidential campaign and the prospects of a free and fair election in 2016.
The event was attended by academicians, businessmen and Zambian and international professionals who crowded the auditorium to hear the Mr Hichilema speak.