…come 2021 we shall march towards rescuing our country from dictatorship and economic failure, declares HH
By Staff Reporters
In 2021, Zambians will conquer and march toward recuing the country from misery, declared opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema.
In his message to Zambians, Hichilema asked Zambians to obtain National Registration Cards (NRCs) for them to be part of the 2021 revolution that will restore their dignity and economic empowerment.
“Get your NRCs and voters cards so that by this time around next year, we shall be marching towards rescuing our country from dictatorship and economic failure,” said Hichilema. “We are ready to begin turning around our economy on day 1 of assuming office but first, BMW!”
On Load shedding of ZESCO electricity power, Hichilema said it was something that the Patriotic Front (PF) had run out of lies to flaunt as excuses.
“In simple terms, they have run out of power over ZESCO power outages, that is in turn costing struggling businesses, especially small scale entrepreneurs millions of Kwacha every day. Late last year, PF party announced through its mobilization official, that load shedding would end within six months. Later the story graduated into a new theory of the rate at which water travels from Victoria Falls to the Kariba Dam as being a determining factor, on when load shedding would end. However the intensity of outages even increased further, with certain parts of the country being blacked out for more than 14hrs per day for weeks and months on end,” said Hichilema. “The 2019/2020 rain season has been the heaviest in years and water catchment in most of Zambia’s waterways has been bursting at the seams, so then what is the real problem? Fellow citizens, this is no longer a factor of how much water is needed to generate electricity, but how much more incompetence of the PF will Zambia put up with. Zambia holds more water bodies than any other SADC member, and yet electricity remains a scarce and endangered resource in this country. The question is why?”
And addressing people of Eastern province, Hichilema noted that most people were used with wrong leadership and believe that good leadership was not possible.
Featuring on a special programme called ‘Forum Urgent Call on Smooth FM in Chipata, Hichilema warned people in Eastern Province against remaining behind politically when other parts of the country have moved on.
He declared that the UPND once in government would root out corruption in importation of fertiliser.
“I have already said that others don’t want us to talk about PF. Under the MMD the dollar was K5 but now it has gone to K18 under PF. For us, we’ll bring the dollar down to where it was because of the leadership that we are going to bring,” he said. “We are going to remove corruption in the purchase of fertiliser. At the moment, the government is buying fertiliser at K18,000 per tonne, but we will be buying at K7,000; meaning that we will save K11,000. If we save this money per tonne, it means we shall be giving out fertiliser at a lower price.”
Hichilema said the UPND would restructure FISP to accord farmers an opportunity to get other farming implements other than fertiliser only.
“We are going to come up with agriculture support programme which will not only be about accessing fertiliser only. Agriculture is not about fertiliser alone. People need a lot of things to do their farming,” he said. “Under the UPND we are going to ensure that depots are close to the people. We are going to ensure that agro-dealers and transporters are paid on time. We are not going to allow cadres to smuggle maize in the neighbouring countries as is the case now.”
Hichilema urged Easterners to work with the UPND and redeem Zambia.
“Imwe banthu bakum’mawa tiyeni tisebenzele pamodzi, tifuna chitukuko, kulibe nkhondo inangu yamene tilinayo (You people of Eastern Province, let’s work together, we want development, there is no any other way that we have),” he said. “Azathu bakum’mawa osankhalira mu mbuyo. Pamene tinachoka mu UNIP kuyenda mu MMD munankhalira mu mbuyo, pamene kunabwela PF munankhalira soti mu mbuyo. Chaka chamawa osankhalira mu mbuyo. Pamane banthu bazachoka mu PF kuyenda ku UPND (our colleagues from the east, don’t remain behind. When we left UNIP going to MMD you remained behind, when PF came you remained behind but don’t remain behind as people leave PF for UPND next year).”