HH for President of Zambia | Change is coming in:


Founded in 1998, the United Party for National Development (UPND) is a national party with a vision to realise a united, prosperous and equitable Zambia that meets the long-subdued aspirations of all its citizens. We are on a mission to deliver change for Zambians. To liberate and empower every citizen through improved economic management, job creation and democratic governance.

First President

Anderson Mazoka was a skilful and popular politician in his leadership of the United Party for National Development (UPND). He quickly established the UPND as Zambia’s main opposition party, finishing second in the 2001 presidential election.

Mr. Mazoka died of kidney complications in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 24 May 2006. Married to Christine Mutinta with four children Macenje, Mutinta, Pasina, and Anderson Jr, he was 63 years old. May His Soul Rest In Peace.

Current President 

Mr Mazoka was succeeded in the UPND by Hakainde Hichilema (HH). HH is a politician, farmer and businessman. He is a proud father of three and a devoted husband to his wife, Mutinta.

He was born into humble beginnings in the town of Monze on June 4, 1962. As a youth he went to Kaloma Secondary School, where he studied hard before being admitted to the University of Zambia on a full government bursary. HH graduated with a BA in Economics and Business Administration in 1986 and went on to earn an MBA in Finance and Business Strategy.

HH is a lifelong and active member of the business community in Zambia, working with companies of all sizes both locally and internationally. He strongly believes in the potential of Zambia’s youth and in the importance of empowering them to unlock their entrepreneurial potential – achieving their dreams and creating jobs in the process.

HH is also a committed member of the SDA Church and seeks to live his life by Christian values. Over the years, he has participated in various community projects, such as building clinics, schools, livestock dip tanks, dams and boreholes, as well as founding a cultural fund that finances the revival of traditional ceremonies in Zambia.

HH has taken part in five elections to date, each time increasing the party’s share of the vote. During his time as an opposition politician, he has sought to share advice and guidance on how best to address the challenges facing our country, including the economy. HH also aims to be a voice for those who, like him, have been the subjects of persecution by the PF government. Having been wrongfully imprisoned for 127 days after the 2016 elections, HH is a wholehearted advocate for upholding human rights and justice.

National Management Committee (NMC) 

The party is governed by the National Management Committee. This is the decision-making body of the party. Major decisions are usually made via a secretary vote. Job creation, reducing the cost of living, putting an end to corruption, providing better services and restoring democratic freedoms will be the party’s top priorities once in office.

Priority One: Job Creation

The UPND will deliver by:

  • Implementing an Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) that prioritizes jobs-rich sectors.
  • Providing incentives for businesses and investments that create jobs for Zambians.
  • Putting an end to policy flip flops so that businesses can plan, grow and create jobs.
  • Delivering a national programme for education, upskilling and innovation to unleash the talents and creativity of our people and foster entrepreneurship.
  • Harnessing the digital revolution to drive productivity and protect the economy from external economic shocks.

Priority Two: Putting Food on Your Plate

The UPND will deliver by:

  • Returning inflation to single figures through sensible economic management.
  • Restructuring the debt portfolio.
  • Increasing budgetary allocation to social protection.
  • Lowering the cost of doing business.
  • Increasing international reserves to protect the economy against shocks.

Priority Three: Cut Corruption

The UPND will deliver by:

  • Implementing a zero-tolerance policy with special fast track anti-corruption courts for quick action.
  • Launching “Operation Recovery” to return money back to the public.
  • Tackling employment corruption to ensure access to government jobs is fair and that all Zambians have access to employment opportunities.
  • Managing public resources in a transparent and accountable manner, with wealth declarations and lifestyle audits for relevant officials.
  • Delivering a training and capacity building programme for those engaged in the fight against corruption.

Priority Four: Provide Better Services

The UPND will deliver by:

  • Cutting wasteful expenditure.
  • Ensuring effective, accountable leadership and management that is appointed based on merit, regardless of political affiliation.
  • Improving education through increasing its share of the national budget, reforming the bursary and student loan system, and developing education-industry linkages that foster innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Strengthening healthcare provision by ensuring competent management of health financing resources, improving access to medicines across the country, and reforming the National Health Insurance system.
  • Delivering universal and equitable access to safe drink water and improved sanitation through investment, revival of the sector advisory group and enhanced monitoring and evaluation.

Priority Five: Restores Freedom of Speech

The UPND will deliver by:

  • Returning to the rule of law and separation of powers.
  • Reforming anti-democratic legislation including the Cyber Bill.
  • Putting an end to detention without charge, the imprisonment of government critics and selective application of the law.
  • Opening up access to justice for all.
  • Allowing and encouraging free debate and exchange of views.

We will not stop here. There is so much more we want to achieve. Find out more in our manifesto at https://upndzambia.org/detailed-manifesto/.

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
― Martin Luther King Jr

PF Performance

Fuel prices are up

Diesel has increased from K9 in 2011 to K17 in 2021.

Foreign currency is up

The Kwacha has depreciated from K6.45 in 2015 to K22 in 2021.

Mealie meal prices are up

Mealie meal prices have increased from K45/25kg in 2011 to K195/25kg in 2021.

National debt is up

External debt has risen from around US$2 billion in 2011 to over US$12 billion in 2021.

Inflation is up

Inflation is up from 6.4% in 2011 to 22.8% in 2021.

 UPND Commitments

Stabilize fuel prices by applying prudence and reduce by smart sourcing.

Restructure the debt portfolio, attract investment and increase international reserves to protect the economy against shocks.

Return inflation to single figures through sensible economic management and lower the cost of doing business.

Restructure the debt and implement an Economic Transformation Programme that prioritizes jobs-rich sectors.

Return inflation to single figures through sensible economic management.

Our Commitment Measure

Youth empowerment


Management of the economy


Restoration of the rule of law


Corruption eradication


Enhance women's rights


Our Plan for Zambia