UPND Secretary General Batuke Imenda says Joseph Kaunda who was shot in cold blood on December 23rd 2020 was fighting to ensure that Zambia was liberated from it’s current economic woes for the sake of his children.
Mr Imenda this morning led an entourage UPND NMC members and District officials in visiting the widow and children of Joseph Kaunda in Kafue.
” On behalf of the party President Hakainde Hichilema and the party, we want to assure you that your husband and father did not die in vain, and the party will not forget him,” he said.
The Party Secretary General, noted that Kaunda died for mother Zambia as he was passionate about bringing change to the country.
” We shall continue to show solidarity to the Kaunda family, because Joseph stood for what was right as seen by his commitment to witness what was happening on that fateful day in December” Mr Imenda said.
Meanwhile, NMC Trustee Mrs Grace Chivube consoled the widow and the family to continue working hard and realise the dream that Mr Kaunda had for his children.
“I know the pain and wound is deep and you may question why you lost a bread winner and pillar of the family but what is important is to remember that it was God’s will and focus on educating the children and providing a better life for them,” Mrs Chivube said.
She observed that the majority of women in Zambia are the ones who are afflicted in this hard economic times, therefore making the Kaunda family situation even more difficult as they come to terms with his death and loss of income.
Meanwhile, Deputy National Women’s Chairperson Mrs Gladys Tavaris encouraged the family to commit everything in God’s hands.
And area UPND member of parliament Miriam Chonya said there’s need to create a fund to help the children for the future.
And the widow, Memory Kaunda thanked the Secretary General and the party for their commitment to supporting the family since the demise of her husband.
The SG and his delegation bought assorted groceries for the family.
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UPND President Hakainde Hichilema writes below….
We are determined, focused and confident that together we shall fix our Country’s challenges.
For now, move to your neighbour and say; Bally means business and he will fix the lack of jobs, business opportunities, lack of medicines in hospitals and all.
As we went to buy a few items in Lusaka’s Bauleni and Nyumba Yanga areas this afternoon we saw how our people are struggling to find food but we are encouraged by their warm welcome and smiles as we gave them hope.
Mwebena Zambia! Do not lose Hope because Help is on the way.
Hang in there and your only task is to vote and together with us protect the votes thereafter we run the show.
With us in the control arm, you are assured of more cheaper food because we know how to produce it, more jobs because we know how to create them, more business opportunities because we know how to create them and we can assure you that Zambia shall be safe and developed.
This August, vote for change, vote for Bally.
HH aka Bally
More women in the United Party file in their nominations for 2021 parliamentary and local government elections.
Jacqueline Sabao after filing in her nomination as Aspiring Member of Parliament for Chikakanta constituency at the Party Secretariat yesterday commended President Hakainde Hichilema for encouraging more women to participate and aspire in the 2021 local government and parliamentary elections.
Ms Sabao said that President Hichilema’s call for women to participate at all levels of decision making simply indicate his will to achieve gender equality.
“I encourage more and more women to participate as this will assist President Hichilema to fulfil his dream of promoting women participation and gender equality.” said Ms Sabao.
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UPND President, Hakainde Hichilema says Zambians only have one country therefore they should all get involved and take charge of their destiny.
And Mr Hichilema says that he is committed to restoring law and order immediately he is ushered into State House after 12th August, this year.
Addressing marketeers, small scale and medium entrepreneurs and tax/bus drivers from Central, Copperbelt, Luapula, Eastern and Northern Provinces this afternoon, Mr Hichilema reiterated that once in office, the UPND will create an enabling business environment to support the various businesses in the country.
He also bemoaned the unprecedented levels of poverty in the country, saying he has never witnessed such levels of suffering in his entire life.
“This is the worst leadership since the colonial masters. At my age, I have never seen the people of Zambia suffer the way they are suffering [now]. This BOMA is worse off than the colonial regime. That is why we need change,” said Mr Hichilema.
Mr Hichilema says the PF is trying to use the ‘draconian’ Cybersecurity Bill NAB2 to gag citizens and stop them from using internet services.
He says no media house will be shut and that political interference in the operations of the media would be a thing of the past immediately he is sworn in.
“No media house will be shut down during our tenure in official. One of the laws we are going to reverse is the cyber security Bill. I don’t whether Mr Lungu is going to sign the Bill, though I know he will. They want you to stop using internet. This is the channel we are going to use to deliver health care to our people. We will use technology to deliver services to our farmers. Our duty is to use internet so that when there is an accident drivers can easily notify the insurance company to come to their aid,” said
He has since promised a week-long mobilization tour of the Copperbelt.
“I want thank our colleagues who have travelled all the way from Copperbelt, Northern, Southern and any other part of the country who have joined us this afternoon. We want to thank you for coming here. I want to assure you that I will be coming to the Copperbelt and I will be spending a week there,” he said.
Speakinng during the same event, UPND SG, Batuke Imenda said that the the party had chosen to invite marketeers and drivers from the Copperbelt was as a result of the party’s resolve to bring everyone on board as the country goes to the polls on August 12th.
He also called on members of the UPND to go out in the field and mobilize voters, adding that his office would not allow party members to be lazy.
UPND Taxis and Buses Chairperson, Mr Mutale who led the Copperbelt delegation comprising marketeers and drivers from the constituency, district, and provincial stated that
Meanwhile, Gilbert Liswaniso, who is the UPND National Youth Chairperson, has called on UPND youths across the country to be alert and defend president Hichilema in an event that the Police moved in to arrest him over the Kalomo saga involving the Hatembo family.
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UPND Secretary General Batuke Imenda has challenged party members to go out and conquer the election battle by conducting door to door campaigns.
Mr Imenda said victory will only be certain if UPND officials on the ground are courageous and stand their ground without fear of intimidation during campaigns.
The SG was speaking at the party secretariat yesterday when he met Lusaka Central & Kanyama Constituency officials on his on going familiarisation program of party structures.
“I challenge you all to follow what President Hakainde Hichilema has been communicating to all members; that we not only win this election but win big,” he said.
He urged party members to be vigilant during and after the elections to ensure that the Zambian vote is secure.
Mr Imenda appealed to leaders in all structures to support members who are ready to protect the vote.
He further stated that he will join members on the ground to ensure that President Hichilema and the UPND are in government after August 12th, 2021.
” I may be CEO of the party and expected to be in the office but I choose to be out on the campaign trail to support you members, ” he said
The SG was accompanied by Deputy Youth Chairman Trevor Mwiinde and Lusaka District Deputy Chairman Akim Moono.
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UPND women have engaged in an overdrive to assure Zambians across the country that a truthful and principled leadership is coming soon.
UPND National Women Chairperson Doreen Mwamba speaking in an interview from Muchinga province revealed that majority of women are living in abject poverty because the Patriotic Front has totally failed to take care of their needs.
“Enough is Enough, time has come for people of Zambia to know that President Hakainde Hichilema is ready to govern and take care of their plight.” said Ms Mwamba.
She said there is no way an uncaring government like PF can continue to govern when they have no interest of people at heart.
“Women in the rural areas are indeed suffering and they need to be taken care of so that they become self reliant, as UPND we bring them HH a leader who will take care of their plight.” said Ms Mwamba.
AND UPND Deputy National Women Chairperson Ms Subeta Mutelo added that women in UPND aim to change policies and politics.
” As UPND we shall create an environment were women will have their freedom to organise their lives to sustain their lives.” said Ms Mutelo.
She commended President Hichilema for appointing more women in decision making positions and pledge to work towards resolving issues affecting women’s lives.
“Enough is enough, nothing will stop us, we will continue fighting and ensure that we take up our space in politics. we are here to encourage more women to participate in politics. More women in politics mean peace and better lives.” said Ms Mutelo.
Ms Mwamba in her familiarisation tour in Muchinga province is accompanied by her Vice Deputy Chairpersons Ms Tavaris, Ms Subeta Mutelo and Ms Elizabeth Kamanga and other party officials.
The entourage received THUNDEROUS welcome in Isoka and Chinsali districts.
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Zambians need to rise up and fight for economic independence following the devastation of the economy said UPND Secretary General Batuke Imenda.
Mr Imenda said this during his familiarisation tour of constituencies in Lusaka yesterday.
He said it is time to fight through the ballot to get back what has been stolen from the people by the PF government.
“We must organize people in our communities to win this election and usher President Hakainde Hichilema and the UPND into office to enable the country gain economic independence” he said.
Mr Imenda said it is only the people of Zambia themselves who can liberate the country from the economic woes through the ballot.
He called on the UPND supporters to have one other’s interests as the country heads towards elections, adding that this is the time to support all aspirants regardless of whether they are one’s preferred or not.
Mr Imenda took the opportunity to assure members that their candidates of choice would be chosen by the people and not imposed by top leadership.
He stated that the local membership have the mandate to select their candidates of choice because they knew who is popular in their area.
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THREE days after his appointment, Secretary General Batuke Imenda today visited ward officials in the country’s second biggest constituency, Mandevu.
Mr Imenda met party officials in Kabanana ward were he encouraged them to recruit more women and youths into the party.
In his continuation of his “boots on the ground” policy, Mr Imenda has promised to to visit all the wards in Lusaka.
He was accompanied by the National Management Members Benard Mpundu ( Chairman for Commerce), Grace Chivube, Lusaka District Chairman Ackim Moono and the vibrant deputy National Youth Chairman Trevor Mwiinde.
Mr Imenda told the party officials that he will not rely on their reports only but will be on the ground to recruit more members to the party.
He said the UPND needs to win big to offset the plans by the PF to rig the elections.
Mandevu constituency has slightly over 140,000 registered voters making it the second biggest constituency in the country after Kanyama which has over 177,000 registered voters.
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Lusaka~18th March, 2021.
Newly appointed UPND Secretary General, Batuke Imenda has assured youths in Zambia of a better life under President Hakainde Hichilema’s leadership.
And Mr Imenda says the Party is aware of issues affecting Zambians especially youths who despite having skills and education attained have been left on the streets without jobs.
Speaking during the press briefing held at the party Secretariat this morning, Mr Imenda said testimonies by youths and retirees are real and need a government that has the interest of people at heart .
” President Hakainde Hichilema’s experience in politics has revealed his dream and vision to serve the people of Zambia and protect the country’s economy from total collapse.
Mr Imenda, after welcoming ambassadors of change expressed sadness that the hard economic tide in the country has forced majority of youths to abuse of alcohol and drugs.
He told the youths that President Hichilema did a lot as a youth because government at that time facilitated and created a conducive environment for him to develop his career.
” He feels indebted to the people of Zambia and therefore wants the youths to have the same opportunity he had when he gets into office.” said Mr Imenda.
He assured the youths that hope and help was on the way and that President Hichilema was more than ready to deliver the country from suffering and misery.
“To the youths, don’t despair because Bally, our Moses, is coming to give you quality education and health care. Those with skills will venture into entrepreneurship while graduates will have jobs after their training,” he said.
Mr Imenda, also accused the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) of deliberately frustrating aspirants who have been made to spend days on the queue at the ECZ offices.
Meanwhile, UPND deputy secretary general for Political Affairs, says those who paid the initial fees prior to the downward adjustments would be refunded.
“Those who paid the initial amounts will be refunded after being processed accordingly,” he said.
The revised fees are now as follows for the various applicants:
1. Councillors (rural)-K50 from initial K300;
2. Councillors (urban)-K150 from initial K300;
3. Council Chairpersons (rural)-K1, 000 from the initial K2, 000 and
4. Council Chairpersons (urban)-K1, 500 from initial K5, 000.
However, for Mayor and Members of Parliament (MPs), the fees remain pegged at K5, 000.
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United Party for National Development, Vice President Mutale Nalumango says developmental and empowerment projects have been shared with a bias of political affiliation because Zambia has a political Party government and not a National government.
Ms Nalumango said this when she featured on ‘Frank on “Capital Talk programme” on Capital Talk Radio this morning.
“President Lungu must stand up as a Republican President, and not a Political Party President that is why he moved to be Republican President, he should sometimes be blind to his political affiliation and be national because if you go down, you will find that projects like youth empowerment favour Patriotic Front members, this is what is happening, PF members are favoured ” said Ms Nalumango.
She said a National Programme should not be affiliated to a political Party like what is happening were PF officials are managing national programmes earmarked to improve people’s welfare.
She also appealed to the nation at large especially the Civil Society Organisations to partner with people and advocate for the legislation that protects women because the numbers for women in politics has remained low.
She appealed to women across the country to participate in politics however called for advocacy against political violence which she said has contributed to low numbers of women participating in politics.
Ms Nalumango said women love peace and caring for one another meaning that more women in parliament and government will lead to a peaceful nation with better lives.
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