Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has re-iterated that his government will reduce electricity tariffs if elected in the January 20, 2015 Presidential polls.
Mr. Hichilema said high electricity tariffs were negatively affecting businesses saying most entrepreneurs were finding it difficult to meet costs as a result of high tariffs.
He was speaking when he addressed a rally at Mpezeni Presidential square in Chipata at the weekend.
Mr. Hichilema also said he would reduce the retirement age back to 55 years so that people could continue doing other things while still energetic and leave room for the youths to get into employment.
He noted that he will give cattle loans to improve the livestock production in rural areas and also increase agricultural production.
And Eastern Province MMD Chairperson, Alexander Miti, alleged that his party was supporting UPND because there was no sellable Presidential candidate in MMD.
Mr. Miti noted that the ruling Patriotic Front had failed people in the region especially the farmers and that this was the time to vote for UPND.
The rally was attended by Lunte MP, Felix Mutati, Lubansenshi independent law maker, Patrick Mucheleka, Kasenengwa MP, Victoria Kalima, Eastern Province MMD Chairperson Alexander Miti and his vice Regina Mulenga.
Others were former PF Eastern Province Chairperson, Lameck Mangani and former Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Eularia Siamujaye, who is now UPND Chairperson for education.
Meanwhile, the MMD in the Eastern Province has removed Alexander Miti and Regina Mulenga from their positions as Chaiperson and women’s chairperson for endorsing UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema in the Presidential election.
But Mr. Miti told people during the rally in Chipata to ignore what they heard and continue supporting the UPND saying the endorsement was made by the National Executive Committee.
The UPND has so far held rallies in Petauke, Katete, Chadiza, Chipata and Lundazi districts.