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
Lusaka – 25/03/21
The UPND has written to the Law Association of Zambia, Human Rights Commission and Church Mother Bodies for intervention into the arrest without formal charge of four of its members for more than the required 48 hours.
Addressing the Press at the UPND secretariat this morning, party Spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa expressed concern at the continued detention of former local government Minister Ackson Sejani, Choma Mayor Javan Simoloka, Mazabuka Mayor Vincent Lilanda and Choma businessman Fines Malambo without any formal arrest and charge.
“Further to the subject above, we write to register our great concern over the continued arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial detention of our members by the Patriotic Front administration using the Zambia Police,” he said.
Mr Mweetwa who is also lawyer for the detainees said the detention of persons under the suspicion of Commissioning of a crime was a clear violation of the Zambian Constitution, saying Article 18 of the Zambian Constitution provides for the Presumption of Innocence of individuals.
“The Zambian Constitution in terms of Article 18 provides for Presumption of Innocence to all persons held by Police for the commission of a crime. Section 33 of the Criminal Procedure Cap 88 of the laws of Zambia provides that a person taken in custody has to be brought before court within 24 hours of his detention. The manner of arrest and procedure are contained in Article 18,” said Counsel Mweetwa.
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UPND Aspiring Parliamentary candidate for Solwezi West, Naomi tetamashimba has launched her campaign tagged “Muntu pa Muntu “.
Ms Tetamashimba said she is energised and gathers her courage from President Hakainde Hichilema who has proven to the nation that he stands for the country and it’s people.
“We have the best President who today has become the people’s choice, there is nothing that anyone can do because Zambians are confident that he means well and will serve this country better.” said Ms Tetamashimba.
Speaking after touring Solwezi West in Kalumbila Constituency, Ms Tetamashimba said she was glad that she was able to interact with fellow women and youths who unfortunately have been made vulnerable by the PF leadership.
She said many Zambians today are struggling to earn their living and are now looking forward to a leadership that will take care of their issues.
“Am so proud as UPND because we have the best President HH who is giving hope to the people of Zambia that their lives will be better.” said Ms Tetamashimba.
She called on the membership across the country to get to the ground and campaign and present to the people President Hichilema who will serve them better as their servant.
“Let us all get down and campaign and tell people the truth about our leadership. HH is the only hope Zambia has today.” said Ms Tetamashimba.
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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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pledges to repeal the Cyber Security Bill-NAB2
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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UPND youths have described as barbaric and unacceptable attacks by PF cadres on members who wear party regalia publicly.
Party Deputy National Youth Chairman Trevor Mwiinde says UPND members have a democratic right to walk the streets dressed in their party regalia without fear of being attacked.
Mr Mwiinde warned that UPND will not anymore allow anyone to attack its members for wearing party regalia.
” No more attacks and dare not, I urge my fellow youths to start wearing their party regalia, always without fear because UPND has got to show its visibility like any other party.” He said.
Mr Mwiinde was speaking in Matero where he accompanied the UPND Secretary General Mr Batuke Imenda who is familiarising himself with the grassroots leadership.
He directed UPND youths to conduct door to door campaigns in their communities whilst dressed in their full party regalia.
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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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