As UPND, we have been very clear about our hopes and wishes for this country.
Our focus will be on turning around the economic fortunes of our beautiful country and not to interfere with the Rule of Law or any institution tasked to deal with ills in our society.
Our cry has been to ensure that retirees are respected and settled well, the orphans and the youths are supported to get the education they need, the police and other uniformed officers are allowed to work professionally and remunerated well.
We will work hard to ensure that students at colleges and universities are given bursaries and meal allowances to ease their education journey like we enjoyed in our times under Dr Kenneth Kaunda.
We have planned to support our marketeers, not with handouts that insult their integrity, but real business schemes that will enable them to grow in business. We will create an enabling environment for business for all, regardless of your political inclinations. Professionals will not be intimidated and fired for speaking out and airing their grievances but instead, we will create an environment in which amicable resolution to issues is paramount.
This is what we plan to do for this country and not waste time chasing up scared men and women.
We will be too busy working to concentrate on petty issues. We have stated clearly that for those that have been doing wrong things, they will be handled by the police, Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) and other relevant authorities who, again, will be supported by central Government to work effectively, efficiently and professionally.
Those peddling fears and paranoia about us arresting them when we form government, our response is, we have no business in pettiness. These fears coming from these people just confirms what we have been saying. They have been a criminal league looting the resources of the country. If they have been dealing in legitimate business, why should they fear? We are comforted by the intelligence of the Zambians, that no amount of lies, hate speech or tribal rantings will change their minds. It is time for change.
To those cadres that feel they can no longer stand on the side of evil schemers and failures, for those who want to genuinely fight for a better Zambia, you are welcome to join our cause, we have enough room.
By Joseph Lungu
UPND Chairman – Policy and Research Bureau