WE are the best party to use the slogan ‘sonta epo wabomba’ because of our proven track record of infrastructure development when we were in power, says United National Independence Party (UNIP) secretary general Alfred Banda.
In an interview with Daily Nation, Rev Banda said the UNIP government was the one that deserved the Patriotic Front (PF) slogan because most of the infrastructure that the country boasted about for years was implemented by UNIP.
He charged that Zambia was much behind in terms of infrastructure development during the time of independence and that the UNIP government started with industrialisation from the scratch.
Rev Banda said his party was the one that built the University of Zambia, the University Teaching Hospital, Zambia Railways, Tazara rail and most of the buildings in Lusaka.
“We are the ones who truly deserve the PF slogan ‘sonta’ because all these buildings, industries, rail and the roads were built by UNIP. When we formed government there were no tarred roads; we built UNZA, UTH, Findeco House, Indeco and other buildings in town,” he said.
Rev Banda said late president Michael Sata was instrumental in the construction of the three fly-over bridges in Lusaka when he was district governor under UNIP.
“Livingstone Motor Assemblers, Mansa Batteries, Chilanga Cement, Kawambwa tea, Kapiri glass factory, fly-over bridges, Indeni and the Tazama pipeline, colleges and the 250 companies that were privatised by late president Chiluba and many other factories,” he said.
Rev Banda said that most of the infrastructure that were built by his party were either misused or abandoned by president Chiluba when he took over government from Dr Kenneth Kaunda.
He said that all the other governments that followed only carried out maintenance works on what the UNIP had already built.
Rev Banda promised that UNIP would continue with massive development, which he said his party was known for once elected in next Thursday’s polls.
He said UNIP would reintroduce all the industries and manufacturing companies which were abandoned, and create employment for the youth.
Rev Banda further disclosed that most of the products now being imported in the country were manufactured locally when UNIP was in power.
“We were manufacturing our own products during out time, but now we have to import even juice, tomato paste and blankets which were all manufactured right here in Zambia. We will create employment for the youth when we reintroduce all these industries once we assume office. So all the people have to do is to vote for UNIP,” he said.