UPND Alliance Press Conference
Today we welcomed our colleagues into the struggle to redeem Zambia from ruin.
Our agenda is to re-build and re-unite this country and nothing will stop us from bringing this nation together. This our new alliance members agree with.
Today, we have moved a step forward as a united opposition to bring about the change Zambians are yearning for. In welcoming our colleagues into the UPND Alliance, we reminded each other that we are all in an Alliance with the people of Zambia who want change of government come August 12.
The Alliance will campaign throughout the country in a bid to remove the current Government which has destroyed the country in all aspects.
When we unite, we can move mountains. Come 12 August this year, all those dividing us will be put ‘ku wire.’ We say no to division; those who are dividing us can’t defeat us in the ballot and through the ballot, we can recover that which this country has lost; decency, unity and hope
As we go into this election, unity of purpose and people power are key. No one can defeat People Power. Unity of purpose is a truism, it worked before and it will work on 12 August as we come together to deliver this country.
We should harbour no fear of detention. Those before us were arrested for us to get independence. In the same manner, let’s all be strong and remain focussed. What matters is our country and nothing will deter us from serving the people of Zambia.
To our new alliance partners, we say ‘welcome once again.
HH aka Bally
LUSAKA – 03/05/21
UPND National Spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa has described the PF and its government as an enemy of the media in the country and has since demanded for a conducive working environment for both private and public media houses and practitioners.
Mr Mweetwa says the numerous attacks on media houses and practitioners by especially PF cadres and statutory bodies such as the Independent Broadcasting Authority, IBA is unprecedented in the history of Zambia and a sure sign that the PF has no regard for the media and its noble work.
“We look back in the last 10 years of the PF administration in relation to media abuse in the country. All we can remember is the closure and subsequent suspension of broadcasting licences of various Media Houses. It is very shocking that from 2011, the PF strongly advocated for the enactment of the Access to Information Bill (ATI), but when I pushed for the enactment of the Bill last year, they shot it down claiming that it violated 14 Parliamentary Bills. We as UPND shall quickly enact the Access to Information Bill (ATI) and ensure that Media freedoms and liberties were respected.”
“Please free the media because we want Zambia to be better again and the starting point is the safety and security of media and its personnel. We saw the bizarre incidence at the PF secretariat a few days ago where PF cadres descended on innocent journalists and lynched them,” he said.
During the party’s World Press Freedom Day Press briefing, the UPND Mouthpiece said the UPND and its President Hakainde Hichilema joins the country’s media practitioners in commemorating this day and pledge a free media.
“The country needs a free media devoid of political interference and intimidation. The country has a choice to make things better for the media. My friends in the media, time has come for you to redeem the country from PF thuggery attacks.August 12th,2021 is an opportune time for the country to rescue itself. The UPND and HH is looking forward to a country of free conscience, expression and association,” he added.
Mr Mweetwa further advised some media houses to avoid being used as propaganda tools for the PF but stick to their professional ethics to avoid creating national and political divisions adding that writing and reporting the truth in Zambia has become a risky business under the PF.
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UPND President Hakainde Hichilema writes below…
We had a wonderful church service at Njanji SDA church in Lusaka, today.
When called upon, we encouraged fellow believers to remain strong and have faith in our God, Almighty.
The Body of Christ is one and we wish brethren going to worship tomorrow, Sunday, God’s grace and love.
Once more, Happy Sabbath to you all and may God Bless our Country.
Lusaka – 29/04/21
The UPND through its legal committee intends to institute legal proceedings against opposition FDD President Edith Nawakwi for her continued slanderous accusations against the party’s leader Hakainde Hichilema.
During a Press briefing this morning, UPND chairman for legal and constitutional affairs Jack Mwiimbu says legal representatives of Mr Hichilema cannot sit idle and watch as Ms Nawakwi continue to issue vexatious, defamatory and inflammatory statements against our client.
“We have noted that she has been endowed with authority and audacity to go through private files of individuals which is against the law. We have responded to her challenge and ready to meet her in court where she will exculpate herself. She made disparaging remarks against my colleague who was representing Pheluna Hatembo. We are now ready to meet in court,” said Mr Mwiimbu.
He warned Ms Nawakwi to be weary of issuing statements that have the potential to injure the political feelings of Zambians saying the huge support base which the UPND leader is enjoying locally and internationally will no longer tolerate her behaviour.
“Her motivation is that she doesn’t want Mr Hichilema to be President of this country. Her statements are hurtful and contemptuous,” he added.
And Marshal Muchende of M Associates has challenged the media in the country to advocate for political and civil rights as enshrined in the Zambian Constitution adding that the Police should immediately stop brutalising citizens.
On Nawakwi’s utterances, Counsel Muchende said the FDD leader was supposed to be ashamed for causing the death of Nsama Nsama and Joseph Kaunda who were both gunned down on 23rd December, 2020 when HH appeared at Police Force Headquarters over the Kalomo Farm.
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Choma~26th April, 2021.
UPND National Spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa has challenged Republican Vice President, Inonge Mutukwa Wina to tell the nation the source of the huge sums of money she was distributing to Solwezi residents yesterday.
Mr Mweetwa says the culture of openly distributing huge sums of money to ordinary citizens by senior government and PF party officials is alien in Zambia especially when the standard of living for the majority has become so bad.
He expressed worry that the sums being circulated wantonly by PF could be illicitly printed by the ruling party thus in contravention of the Financial and Bank of Zambia Acts.
“Foreign Affairs Minister Joe Malanji was recently seen giving money to the people of Mwinilunga while former local government Permanent Secretary Eddie Chomba recently gave out huge sums to Marketeers in Mufulira. We want the PF to refute the existence of illicit money in circulation because this is not normal. This is the same money being used in buying off weak UPND souls,” he said.
The UPND Chief Mouthpiece further called on Zambians not to be cheated with the money being given, but should instead make a wise decision during the forthcoming general elections by voting for the UPND and its leadership into government.
“We want to appeal to the people of Zambia to receive that money, but don’t give them a vote. What kind of desperation is this? When I say they are buying UPND MP, when I say they are buying candidates in the UPND primary elections. When I said the PF are buying opposition MPs, I was accused of being a joker, a political demagogue. But now people can see what we are explaining. First it was merely common cadres such as Bowman Lusambo but now even the second highest politician in the nation has joined the wagon. We demand for an explanation from both the PF and BoZ on the source of this money before we suspect the involvement of the Central Bank in this scam,” Mr Mweetwa added.
He added that the UPND feels the 2021 elections will not be about manifestos but on who has the fattest pocket, saying this is defeating the purpose of democracy and governance where ideas are supposed to compete.
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By: Anthony Bwalya
In order for the economy to grow, there must take place economywide spending – either by government, individuals or both.
Since the PF came into office, they banked on economic growth spurred by excessive government spending, fuelled by expensive DEBT – $23BN and counting.
At the same time, microeconomic spending by individuals has been strangled over the same period – through HIGHER TAXES, unprecedented INFLATION and KWACHA DEPRECIATION.
Today, the PF government cannot spend anymore.
They have exhausted all available spending headroom, with our national revenue base marginal while NO ONE will lend them money.
So, the UPND will look to reenergizing growth by powering microeconomic spending by LOWERING TAXES and “untying” NAPSA resources so that they are available to contributors NOW!
Sceptics are asking the question of where will the money come from to fund such ambitious plans.
1. Win the war against government corruption – this will give us at least $2.5bn per annum
2. Improve tax compliance – this will net us another $2.5bn per year as we curb tax evasion and tax avoidance
3. Streamline government operations so that we achieve more with less – this is projected to net us close to $1bn per annum
4. Restructure and reschedule public debt – this will net as at least $1.2bn per year
When we succeed with these measures, which we absolutely must and we shall, there is no reason we should fail to give Zambian taxpayers and the microeconomy an estimated $1.5bn tax windfall over our first 5 years in office.
Zambians, the UPND has a plan of rebuilding this country by giving the economic power back to you and your families.
Contact : UPND Head of Policy and Research Bureau, Joseph Lungu +260967851083/0976503165
The UPND has taken time to peruse through the newly launched ruling Patriotic Front-PF-88-page 2021-to-2026 Manifesto.
Our findings as a Government in waiting is that the document is full of ambiguities as it falls short of giving a clear-cut guideline of how the PF would make “manna rain from heaven” and how they intend to create the so-called jobs that the country desperately needs.
How could a government that promised heaven on earth, but delivered hell in the wrong run continue insulting the innocence and dignity of Zambians by pledging to use the same failed methods to fix the country’s ever-increasing and complex problems?
Like we have already stated, it is not a new piece of writing that is lacking in Zambia to provide the numerous solutions needed by the people, but new, credible, tested and tried leadership like that of President Hakainde Hichilema.
The PF should be judged not on their plan for the next five years, but on the failure to implement their manifesto for the last five 10 years they have been at the helm of national leadership.
The PF’s failures are there for all to see. Zambia is in an economic, social, political and cultural crisis. Our young people are unemployed. The price of food, fuel, cooking oil and other essential commodities is on a daily rise. Parents cannot afford to feed their children, late alone take them to school. There are no medicines in hospitals. There is intermittent load shedding. Rural and most township roads are in a deplorable state and impassable. Water is scarce and most households depend on water from shallow wells, or, they have to queue for long hours at communal taps to have a bucket full of water. The list of problems is endless.
After 10 years in office, this government has failed. Whatever they promise, we know they will not deliver and that another term of Lungu will not bring the much-needed change. With Lungu as president, nothing will change, and the next five years will look like the last five – if not worse. HH and UPND are the only solution to a better Zambia. It is Time for Change!!
Indeed, a party with a manifesto like the one for the PF is both a danger to itself and the people of Zambia.
We, therefore, urge the people of Zambia not to fall cheap traps by the PF and buy into the numerous lies that is contained in the 88-page long Manifesto not worth the salt.
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Lusaka – 22/04/21
UPND Women have warned opposition FDD President Edith Nawakwi over her continued verbal attacks on party leader, Hakainde Hichilema, advising her to be ashamed of her actions which led to the death of National Prosecutor Nsama Nsama and citizen Joseph Kaunda.
UPND deputy National Chairperson for women, Grace Tavaris says Ms Nawakwi’s unwavering desire to see Mr Hichilema incarcerated over the alleged disappearance of Kalomo siblings was a clear indication that she doesn’t care about the lives that were lost on the fateful December 23rd 2020.
Ms Tavaris said it was regrettable that an opposition political party leader whose duty was to offer checks and balances to the ruling party has taken the route of attacking her fellow opposition leader when the country had a lot of challenges that need collective redress.
And UPND Deputy Secretary-General Gertrude Imenda noted that it was regrettable that Ms Nawakwi’s major interest was the arrest and imprisonment of Mr Hichilema when major issues affecting Zambia’s economy remained unresolved by those in power and wondered how all of a sudden Ms Nawakwi has started taking keen interest in advocating for the welfare of families that were not hers.
Rural Development Chairperson, Grace Chibwa accused Ms Nawakwi of “dampening” the shinning image of gallant women who have served in various positions of influence in Zambia and beyond.
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Lusaka – 21/04/21
Woodlands Police this morning denied United Party for National Development (UPND) National chairperson for women Doreen Mwamba access to Senior Chief Mukuni’s wife Veronica Mukuni who is in the holding cell at Woodlands Police.
Woodlands Police Criminal Investigations Officer(CIO) Ms Nyama told Mrs Mwamba that only the suspect’s brother and the lawyer were allowed access to her.
Ms Nyama further submitted that senior officials of the party ought to understand the circumstances under which the instruction is given although reasons for such an instruction remain unknown.
Mrs Mukuni was arrested and charged with abduction contrary to the Penal Code Cap. 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Meanwhile , Police are posed to transfer Mrs Mukuni to Choma where she is scheduled to appear before the court on the same charge today.
It is however not clear whether police will take her to Choma today or not.
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