UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has promised to sell the remaining mine and council housing units on the Copperbelt to sitting tenants and expedite the process of issuing them title deeds once elected president.
Speaking when he addressed a rally in Kalulushi yesterday,Mr Hichilema told the gathered crowd how he will tackle the persistent water and sanitation problems that they are facing.
He restated the pledge concerning the retirement age, which he said must be reversed back to 55 together with action to support retirees, stating that he is aware that many are not receiving the payments owed to them.
Mr Hichilema warned voters to be wary of candidates who have already spent some time in positions of power but are only showing willingness to deliver now late in the day and as elections approach.
He told the people that his team will run the country in a way that will generate income which can then be invested in better healthcare and education for all.
The UPND leader says he will run government not in a way that runs up debt, and where money goes to waste on unnecessary government expenditures or simply goes missing.
He says this is because the UPND see government office as a service, and not as a business opportunity.
Mr Hichilema pointed out that he has in his team experienced economic managers who are ready to consult with and listen to civil society organisation, trade unions and employees and business owners.’
In the evening Mr Hichilema addressed members of the Kitwe Chamber of Commerce and mine suppliers and contractors.
They discussed how the government can support those Zambian businesses already in existence to grow, and how government and business can learn from success stories to make sure more can succeed also.