Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema yesterday continued his countrywide tours with a visit to George and Chunga Compounds in Lusaka’s Matero Constituency.
And Matero residents said they were happy to have seen Mr. Hichilema in person and sharing their hardships as opposed to just hearing about him.
Mr. Hichilema, who toured the two Katambala markets in Matero, said it was unacceptable for people to be trading in such inhuman conditions and called on the PF government to immediately upgrade and improve the markets and trading areas making them fit for human use.
The UPND leader visited some garbage dump sites where he called on local authorities to collect the garbage that has remained uncollected for days under the PF led council. He asked government to immediately clean up the areas to avoid people contracting diseases such as Cholera and Typhoid.
He also called on the local UPND leadership to work closely with the Matero residents in assisting where possible, and equally promised to do his part.
And Matero residents that lined-up and mobbed Mr. Hichilema when he entered their markets, shops, and their homes said they were excited to have seen the UPND leader in their locality. That way they will be sure that when he becomes President, he will have a full appreciation of their problems.
The traders also bitterly complained about the PF’s policy to taxing residents over their properties and houses saying the economy was already biting them.
The marketeers and traders complained to Mr. Hichilema that they ended up throwing away their perishable goods such as vegetables, because there were no customers as people had no money.
The residents said they were particularly touched that Mr. Hichilema visited the garbage site which had uncollected garbage which was a source of concern to the traders.
The UPND leader also met with UPND constituency officials where he received more than 200 defectors majority from the ruling PF with others coming from MMD.
Mr. Hichilema told the UPND members countrywide to embrace new members and immediately integrate them in the various structures of the party and continue recruiting new members.
He concluded his tour by thanking the voters once more and encouraged them not to lose hope as the road to prosperity was clearer now.