Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) on Friday evening put up a splendid performance and outweighed three other opposition political party when it challenged them on their direction on the country’s development agenda.
FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza Was the only candidate that pledged on behalf of his party to have the country get a new Constitution once his party got into power.
He said the Constitution is one key component that the FDD seeks to prioritise once forms government after 20th January.
Speaking when he represented FDD President Edith Nawakwi at a Presidential Debate organised by the Copperbelt University in Lusaka last evening, Mr. Mwanza said the Constitution is a paramount document that will once enacted equalise Zambians.
“We don’t need a bad Constitution that gives much powers to the president instead of having the people decide what they want themselves.” He said.
The FDD Chief also emphasised on the party’s Cole policy of decentralisation of government.
He said for development to effectively take place, all provincial centres need to have their needs laid down and dealt with from that end as opposed to centralising all issues to Lusaka.
And Mr. Mwanza outlined his party’s policies on youth unemployment which he said was one key element the party will deal with when forms government.
He said there is need for the education curriculum to be changed to include entrepreneur skills for the young people so that they get trained in entrepreneurship instead of depending on getting employed.
“There is need to empower young people so that they have their own routing in society. And this is what we as FDD will do.
When you look at the education curriculum today, there is nothing like enterprising about it. All the young people are trained is to look for employment and not them starting up their businesses that will employ their fellow young people.” He said.
And Mr. Mwanza said the FDD will to invest more in sectors such as agro processing and manufacturing to improve the country’s economic status which today was lowly performing.
Those taht attended the debate were Henry Silumesi of United National Independence Party (UNIP), Raphael Nakachinda of the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) and Thomson Luzendi of the Green Party.