Dear President Hichilema,
I took time to listen to the manifesto presentation that was delivered by the UPND team yesterday. As a person with an economist background, I was particularly interested in listening to what Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane had to say, since he is the man in charge of economic policy.
I was delighted to learn that Dr Musokotwane and his team, had spent years studying the Asian Tigers, particularly Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore with the intention to model Zambia on the same premise. His presentation was a breath of fresh air.
Among the takeaways for me were the confidence that the UPND would have among Zambia’s lenders. This is crucial for us to negotiate better terms on our current indebtedness.
Zambia’s debts have crippled this economy.
We are unable to service crucial sectors of our economy due to the stranglehold that our repayments have on us.
From 1991 to date, we have lacked a serious thought process to address our issues. Serious problems require serious thinking, burning the midnight oil until solutions are found. Unfortunately, our economy has been handled with such a casual attitude, to a point where even the leader general shockingly said Zambians are doing fine.
Sir, the manifesto released yesterday, showed a resolute conviction and bold focus to deliver a better Zambia. I noted the following:
==>Copper output from the current 800, 000 MT to 3 million MT are bold steps that shows seriousness. This will bring the much needed forex.
==> 4 million jobs within 10 years is another impressive focus. The youth are currently deflated due to lack of jobs. This would fill the void and spur a happier and healthier citizenry.
==> Boost manufacturing by 15% within 5 years and by 25% in 10 years. We have struggled as a country in this area for years. Finally there is a plan in place.
==> A wholistic approach to agriculture, revamping extension services, access to cheaper, loans, cheaper fertilizer, farming implements including livestock provision. All this to establish Zambia as a food basket in the region.
==> To become an exporter of agro produce to DRC, Angola, Botswana etc.
==> Youth, women and people with disabilities. Transformation through establishment of Zambia Enterprise Development and free education. This would address the disillusionment currently being experienced in the country.
Sir, the energy sector and tourism have also been adequately addressed to end load shedding for good and to open up Zambia as a tourist destination respectively.
One other major aspect to me is the 100% distribution of water to both urban and rural areas in 10 years. This would bring us at par with Botswana which has managed piped water even in villages, despite it being in a semi arid area.
I am more than confident sir that you will deliver for the Zambian people. People who are thoroughly prepared for a journey are more likely to reach their destination. The UPND is ready.
Bravo to you sir, I look forward to the UPND government.
Western Province UPND chairperson Kapelwa Mbangweta says the just launched party five year manifesto has taken the interest and well being of the people of the western province into consideration.
Mr Mbangweta who is also Nkeyema constituency Member of parliament says the UPND will once in government address the economic challenges people in the province have been subjected to citing economic areas like rivers around Sioma district.
He said the UPND will industrialise the country by creating value addition centres which will later create jobs for the local people and added that the region will have value addition industries for rice producers.
And Provincial chairlady Dorothy Mushiba kaumba says the UPND manifesto has given Zambians an opportunity to liberate themselves by voting for UPND, the party that has a clear road map.
While regional party Treasurer Liseli Sibeta said it is clear that UPND and President Hakainde Hichilema are ready to govern the country and deliver to the people of Zambia based on the newly launched manifesto.
The Western province virtual launch of the manifesto was attended by various Provincial, Districts and Constituency officials as well as Mongu Central lawmaker Mwilola Imakando.
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President Hakainde Hichilema at the Fallsway Event where the launch of the Manifesto is taking place.
Among those that attended the launch are Dr Peter Machungwa Former Minister of Home Affairs, Land, Labour (MMD FTJ adm)
Hon Fackson Shamenda Former ZCTU President and Minister of Labour
Hon Jack Kalala Former Special Assistant (Levy P Mwanawasa( Policy implementation and monitoring
Mr Bautus Kapulu MCC under UNIP
Mr Leslie Mbula Former Secretary to Cabinet
NDC SG Bridget Attanga and her husband Prof. Attanga ,
NDC vice president Edward Mumbi ,
NDC President Joseph Rikki Akafumba ,
NDC National Coordinator Joseph Kasonde
RPP President Leslie Chikuse ,
RPP SG Cassius Akapelwa ,
RPP DSG Stanley Malama.
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Easter is the centrepiece of the Christian faith and the fulfilment of the rescue plan by God, of humanity. The resurrection of Christ is the foundation of Christianity that provided final and undeniable proof that Christ was really the Son of God and that He had overcome death once and for all.
The message of Easter is a message of help, hope, fulfilment and accomplishment. The death of Christ provides us a living proof and testimony of God’s love for man and His unquenchable desire to acquit us of all sin and the shame of being guilty.
Christ’s death and resurrection was a mission to reconcile humanity to His Father, and so we must use it as a trajectory for reflection, introspection and national reconciliation if we are to rightly claim our Christian values in a Christian Nation.
As we prepare for our elections in a few months time, we must draw lessons from Christ’s death and resurrection that offers love, peace and reunion by ensuring we practice fairness and justice in all we say and do. We cannot say we love Christ while we promote and preach hate speech, slander and lay traps for our neighbours, nor can we say we are His faithful followers if we rob the poor and engage in corrupt practices, or take part in acts of intimidation, manipulation, violence and falsehoods.
If we did that, then we would be guilty of hypocrisy and pretence and we would be revoking the meaning of Easter whose core message is justice, love and fair play. Happy Easter to all of you fellow citizens and may the bright light of Easter shine on all of you.
United Party for National Development Lusaka Province Chairperson Obvious Mwaliteta, has asked the PF to spare President Hakainde Hichilema and instead pay attention to the majority of Zambians who are suffering and failing to eat three meals in a day.
Speaking at the press briefing held yesterday at the Party Secretariat to welcome Steven Masumba, Mr Mwaliteta said it is so shocking that the Patriotic Front has deliberately decided to ignore issues affecting Zambians and are instead busy harassing and planning evil against President Hichilema.
” It is good that my President had totally ignored them because he is too busy planning what he will to rebuild the collapsed economy once he forms Government come 12th August 2021.” said Mr Mwaliteta.
He said President Hichilema has no business with the PF but the people of Zambia.
Meanwhile Mr Mwaliteta warned the PF against any evils plans to arrest President Hichilema as that will not be anyway be tolerated.
He said UPND is aware about all plans to arrest and torture President Hichilema but that UPND will this time give no chance to any trampled-up charges.
PF leadership and some officials have in the past told the people of Zambia that a Tonga will never rule and that HH’s name will never be on the ballot paper.
However UPND President Hichilema has for the past five years continued to enjoy support from all constituencies across the country with Zambians promising to vote for him because PF government has failed to attend to their issues as they are busy creating wealth for themselves.
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Thursday 1 April 2021
KAOMA town came to a standstill today as United Party for National Development Secretary General Batuke Imenda passed through the Central Business District.
And UPND has called on all party members and sympathisers to go out and encourage every Zambian to be part of the wind of change that is blowing in the country.
Hundreds of people came out to have a glimpse of Mr Imenda who was appointed as the party’s Secretary General a fortnight ago.
It took about an hour for Mr Imenda’s convoy to cover a distance of about 2 kilometers as residents ran with the vehicles to the party’s constituency office.
Mr Imenda was forced to address the masses of at the party Secretariat there was no permit to sanction the meeting from the police.
Meanwhile Mr Imenda says it is the responsibility of every peace loving and democratic Zambian to mobilize neighbours, family and friends in voting the party into government.
Mr Imenda, who is in Western Province to meet with grassroots leaders, said it was time for Zambians to give President Hakainde Hichilema and the UPND and opportunity to change the economy which was in the doldrums following years of mismanagement by the PF.
And Vice Chairman for Elections Brian Ndumba urged party members to verify their votes during the on-going voter registration exercise.
Mr Ndumba said party members have the responsibility to protect their vote and must therefore register, vote and wait for vote counting to be done.
And National Trustee Ms Patricia Nawa urged the youths and women to turn out in large numbers to vote for the change of government.
Ms Nawa observed that the majority of women have suffered at the hands of the current government due to the bad management of the economy adding that they should vote them out if their sufferings are to be alleviated.
National Youth Deputy Chairman Stephen Chikota called for youths to come together to ensure there was an election Tsunami come August 12th.
Mr Chikota appealed to all party members to be united if the party has to see victory in this years elections.
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Lusaka – 01/04/21
United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema says voting for him and his party is cleansing the shame of poverty and unemployment on his shoulders in the forth coming general elections.
And Mr Hichilema has assured the nation that he will file in his nominations for Presidency as the Zambian people want him as a Candidate for Change.
In receiving, the former PF Deputy Minister of Sports and Mufumbwe Member of Parliament Stephen Masumba at the Party Secretariat today, Mr Hichilema bemoaned the current social and economic challenges, under the leadership of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, which continues to subject Zambians into a sea of abject dehumanizing misery.
On the political landscape, President Hichilema said it is not fair that the Zambian people are abused with their own money PF is dishing to them in a bid to buy them off.
And Stephen Masumba vowed to campaign for the UPND and President Hakainde Hichilema for change.
He says it is unfortunate that PF has been governing the country with lies and unfulfilled promises citing lack of employment and empowering the foreigners at the expense of the locals especially in the mining sector.
He further said it will be difficult for PF to penetrate North Western Province as he contributed to popular politics when he was in MMD and PF.
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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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