United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has promised to revive the industrial base of Livingstone and create decent jobs for the people.
Addressing a rally at Livingstone’s Villa ground on Wednesday, Mr Hichilema said there is need to revive the glorious days of the city.
“Livingstone was an industrial town and your vote will allow us to support business so that they can survive, grow and create jobs. We can return to the glorious days of industries in Livingstone,” he said.
Mr Hichilema promised to repair damaged bridges and roads, and create decent jobs for the local people.
He also assured farmers of better prices for their maize and boosting the agriculture sector once voted into office.
He thanked all parties that have endorsed him and assured Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe that his endorsement will be respected and used in an effective manner.
Earlier, Mr Munkombwe reiterated his support for Mr Hichilema.
“I will support you (HH) until the end. Nobody on earth alive can threaten Daniel Munkombwe,” he said.
Alliance for Development and Democracy president Charles Milupi said Mr Hichilema is the only leader who can move the nation to economic independence.
And a Patriotic Front (PF) member is admitted to Choma General Hospital for wounds suffered after being beaten by suspected UPND supporters.
Southern Province commissioner of police Mary Chikwanda and PF Choma district chairperson Felix Chilufya confirmed the matter.
Mr Chilufya named the injured as Emmanuel Mayuya, who was allegedly beaten by UPND supporters who had been attending a rally on Tuesday.
He said yesterday that the cadres allegedly harassed and beat up other PF members they met on the street wearing PF regalia.
“PF members were severely harassed but did not fight back because of the determination to remain peaceful despite provocation. The UPND cadres harassed PF members and removed all PF campaign posters that were stuck in different parts of the town centre,” Mr Chilufya said.
Ms Chikwanda confirmed the incident but that no arrests were made yet because police are still investigating.
And UPND youths have said political violence has no winners and just retards development and democracy.
Lusaka provincial UPND youth chairperson Nonde Sikasote said at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that this is not the time to apportion blame on each other but stop finger-pointing.
“Let us not waste time finger-pointing as violence is escalating. What is needed is not to apportioning blame on each other as political parties,” he said.
Mr Sikasote said youths have a great responsibility to ensure that the peace that has been enjoyed in the past 50 years continues.
He said that the peace and the tag that Zambia has earned as an oasis of peace is coming under threat and this trend should be reversed by youths.
Mr Sikasote said that youths should reject violence now and even after the presidential election.