UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says he is glad that he has been vindicated since he warned Zambians that reduction in the fuel pump prices last year was only campaign gimmicks.
Mr Hichilema said all his warning about the negative implications of PF bad policies have now come to pass.
He said what the PF did is common with politicians who only sell people’s hopes back to the voters, in return for the right to exercise political power over the voting population.
The UPND leader was speaking when he rode on buses to Mandevu Constituency areas such as Kabanana, Chazanga, and Mazyopa yesterday and interacted with local people who were delighted to see him as he also attended some funerals in the area.
Mr Hichilema said it has been over 100 days after the presidential by-election of 2015 and 100 days in office for President Edgar Lungu and close to four years for the PF government.
‘In line with the Holy Scriptures, we are enjoined to be grateful (1 Thessalonians 5:18), against this background we in the UPND would like to thank God for preserving our country during the post elections violence. We are also thankful to all Zambians for performing their civic duty of exercising their right to vote for the political parties of their choice,’ Mr Hichilema said.
‘In my interaction with residents, markeeters, traders, and party officials we shared with our beloved Zambians to persevere and embrace the culture of hard work because tough and hard times will always come as a result of unfavourable economic policies put by those in power hence an increase in the cost of living in the country.’
He added, ‘Together we can come up with solutions for our country because we know the anguish of not having enough money to pay for the children school fees, and uniforms, or the need to make up the shortfall at the beginning of each month, struggling with house rentals, etc. Just yesterday there was an increase in fuel prices, putting more pressure on the resource envelope of most households.
Mr Hichilema said Zambia needs a clear set of solutions to solve the economic hardships and unemployment challenges.He said women and youths face specific employment challenges such legal barriers, lack of access to finance and cultural norms.
‘These challenges often force women to work in jobs that pay less and are less secure. Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed and are more likely to work in informal jobs,’ Mr Hichilema said.
‘It is against this background that we call upon the PF government to urgently provide workable solutions to address the plight of the majority poor masses not endless bye-elections at the expense of addressing economic challenges in the country.’