Five political party leaders turned up for presidential debates at Mulungushi International Conference Centre last evening ahead of the January 20, 2015 by elections.
The Muvi TV and Hot FM organized debate featured candidates from Forum for Democratic Development (FDD), United Party for National Development (UPND), National Restoration Party (NAREP), Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) and Green Party (GP).
The heated debate was this evening tailored on unemployment, labour and social protection, water and sanitation, environment and climate change, Agriculture and Health.
FDD president Edith Nawakwi said she will review the school curricula and incorporate technical skills in order to solve the problem of unemployment.
Ms/ Nawakwi pledged to promote a system where farmers will have total control over there produce and be able to maximize profits accordingly in order to boost the Agriculture sector.
And UPND president Hakainde Hichilema on his part said he will revamp the Agriculture sector by supporting a good market system by introducing fair selling prices.
Mr/ Hichilema said he will reduce the retirement age from 65 to 55 in order to allow youths to explore their potential by having access to decent jobs.
NAREP president Elias Chipimo says Zambia was missing quality leaders by not utilizing the natural resources that the country is endowed with further sating that he will out natural resources to good use in boosting the Agriculture sector.
Mr. Chipimo said to fight unemployment he will introduce the public procurement process where funds will be made available to the vulnerable.
And MMD president Nevers Mumba says small scale business men will be empowered in order for them to be able to add value to the produce that are found in different localities.
And Green party president Peter Sikamba says under his admiration trade unions and farmers funds shall be formed in order for them to have access to capital further stating that value addition is a myth without capital.
He maintained that to create job opportunities he will legalize Marijuana production through the Zambia National Service which will be grown in high security zones.
The debate which kicked off at 18:00 hours was beamed on Muvi TV and was live on Hot FM , Liseli, Yasatsani, Icengelo and Zambezi Radios.
The Statement below circulated to media houses is FRAUDULENT. PF Media Team has not issued this statement. As LT we Sincerely apologise to PF for not counter checking with them and their official media channels.
15 January 2014
Official statement on tonight’s MUVI TV Presidential debate Many of you asked in person and on the internet why I am absent from tonight’s MUVI TV debate, to which I felt a response was required. The answer is very simple – why should I, having only recently been elected leader of the PF, have to defend my party’s record of the past amongst such an audience? I appreciate that my decision may have disappointed some of you who would have liked to have seen me on the stage, but why should I let my political opposition candidate, who is well trained to point out these issues, try to humiliate me through issues that were no fault of my own? That would not be right. If I can win these elections next Tuesday, as I really hope to do, then I will build my own reputation through my own policies. I will try to make things better and to repay all of my fellow supporters who have fought so hard for my campaign, and deserve to have more food on the table. Once I have executed my own policies and forged my own reputation as President, then I will be prepared to be judged by public opinion in a debate. But to do that now I believe would be foolish and unnecessary. I apologise to all those that decision disappoints. I trust you can all understand this position and I urge you all to vote for me on 20th January. Thank you and God Bless. Hon. Edgar Lungu
PF Party Presidential Candidate