UPND leader, Hakainde Hichilema has assured Zambians of his resolve to govern the country fairly and equitably irrespective of political affiliation and ethnic background once his party takes up the realms of power.
Giving an outline and review of 2019, at the party Secretariat this morning, President Hichilema stated that the year under review hasn’t been an easy one for the people of Zambia to cope with while the economy has been on a downtrod due to PFs mismanagement of the energy sector and called on Zambians to brace themselves for hard times ahead of 2020.
“I want to thank the general citizenry for its resilience and tenacity in the face of such untold suffering and hardships as experienced in 2019.I have never seen such kind of hardship in my adult life as the people have gone through under the patriotic front. But let us just hold on a little bit longer because the country is about to usher in a more responsive regime. Its not that this country lacks the required manpower to manage it’s affairs. What it lacks is the leadership and that is what the UPND brings to the table”, he said.
He advised that the only way the PF would end the current economic hardships facing the country would be to reduce on borrowing and find a solution to the electricity problems as well as ending the use of middlemen in the procurement of oil.
“The best way to end the current economic woes that we are grappled with would be to end the reckless borrowing, end the corrupt fertilizer importation by recapitalizing Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia so as to reduce the cost of farming inputs. They should end the embezzlement of money in inflated road contracts, fire tenders, ambulances etc. They should invest in alternative energy sources so as to reduce the price of fuel and electricity, which are undeniably key drivers of any economy in the world,” he said.
He said human rights abuses had reached an all-time high in 2019, adding that the year has been one of the most repressive since Zambia attained independence.
“This has once again been one of our most repressive years in the history of our country. We are basically living in a police state where any differences in opinions leads to citizens being locked up in police cells. Some of our people are either in police custody, due to prohibitive bail conditions, or facing court cases over tramped up charges,” said Mr Hichilema.
He outlined negligence of the health sector, higher taxes, unsustainable hunger crisis and unpredictable economic policies as some of the huddles that has caused Zambian citizens untold misery.
He has however pledged to put the country’s economy back on track once elected into office as he pledges to prioritize investment in the energy mix to address the current crisis through a multifaceted approach that would help in jump-starting the manufacturing sector.
(c) *UPND MEDIA TEAM*