UPND deputy Secretary General Patrick Mucheleka says the northern circuit has itself to blame for the current economic and social hardships owing to its voting for the PF against logical advise not to do so.
Mr Mucheleka said the country was and is aware that the PF has never had any tangible economic plans other than lies which the northern circuit religiously bought in out of ignorance.
Speaking at a party mobilization meeting in Lukashya constituency’s Chiba ward yesterday, Mr Mucheleka said it was sad that the people of the northern province opted for short term appeasement in 2016 offered by the PF at the expense of posterity.
“Let us not blame the PF for the current economic and social hardships. We the people of Northern province should blame ourselves.You people here easily bought into the PF lies even when it was plain to see that they had no economic recovery plan. All because they brought you chitenge and T-shirt. Now look where we are. A disgraced hungry nation led by a bunch of corrupt and selfish leadership with no regard for it’s people,” he told the crowd which responded in the affirmative.
He said the levels of poverty created by PF falsehoods is message enough for the people to realise that they had been duped and that their insistence to vote for tribe and not quality will have a great effect on posterity which will judge them harshly.
The UPND Deputy Secretary general said time has come for people of the northern circuit to align themselves with a responsive leadership that comprises not of thieves and the corrupt but people that understands that their core responsibility is to the people and not themselves.
He added that people in most parts of the country have realised that the only credible leadership devoid of corruption and crookedness is under the UPND and Hakainde Hichilema and were joining the party enmasse and wondered why the northern circuit should continue being cheated with pieces of silver.
“My brothers and sisters, these people under the PF are up to no good. Just look at how they have destroyed the economy. They are talking about free education and yet there is no chalk in schools. Health centres have no medicine and even in the midst of our poverty, you are asked to buy medicines. Distances to basic amenities such as schools and clinics is something else. Look at the road to Chulabanama, small vehicles can’t move on that road because it is too deplorable. But your PF leaders are stealing everyday and building houses which have no owners,” Mr Mucheleka passionately spoke.
“The country is bleeding from the high levels of corruption while you my mothers here have to walk long distances to the clinic in Locations which are more than 20 kilometers. This is all because someone decided to pocket the money which was meant for the local clinic. People in the PF have pocketed money meant for Kasama airport and now we are told planes will be landing in Mbala. Where is the money meant for Kasama airport. Your guess is as good as mine. Now we have houses that are growing like mushroom or masuku fruits from nowhere and the owner cannot be traced. These people think we are fools that cannot see through their thievery and corruption. God will punish them severely,” he added.
He said time has come for the people of the northern circuit to combine forces with the rest of the country and kick the PF out of power, vote in a much more responsive leadership under Hakainde Hichilema and allow the wheels of national development move again for the good of the current and future generations.
The UPND deputy Chief Executive Officer has since directed party officials to intensify their mobilization programs and make people understand why they have to make the UPND a party of their choice because of its robust and comprehensive agriculture and industrial development policy that places the people and value addition at it’s core.
He said the UPND in government shall priorities value addition and linkages in the agriculture and other economic sectors such as tourism as well as social sectors such as health and community development as a response to national development.