It is government’s responsibility to tackle joblessness, the high cost of living, poverty and hunger in the county by implementing economic policies that benefit communities, says UPND President Hakainde Hichilema.
Speaking when he addressed meetings in Malambo Constituency in Mambwe District of Eastern Province yesterday, Mr. Hichilema also called on citizens to actively play a role in the governance of the country by choosing capable leaders with a clear vision on wealth and employment creation.
The UPND leader, who spoke in local languages drumming-up support for Malambo Constituency candidate Peter Phiri, said Zambians were one united and peaceful people that should not be cheated by selfish politicians that were bent on dividing the nation.
He reiterated his love for all citizens regardless of where they came from and emphasised that his mission was purely to apply his skills in the resource creation and management of the country’s economy.
“Other than failing to generate resources locally and resorting to borrowing, we seriously lack priorities as a country. And as citizens we are also partly to blame because we don’t look at quality leadership but resort to choosing people based on lies that have been told about others. It is time we stop listening to sentiments that divide us as one people,” Mr. Hichilema said.
The UPND leader said farmers across the country were suffering partly because of the leadership choices that have been made.
“Our children are not going to school here in Malambo. The PF government are not buying your crops and other agricultural produce here. But they expect you to enter expensive shops and send our children to schools. The situation is not different anywhere I have been in various parts of the country. The political choices you make here affects everyone in the country as we go to same shops, schools, universities, and look for jobs from the same companies, hence my humble prayer that you consider putting Peter Phiri our candidate here in Malambo as part of the March towards better leadership in 2016,” Mr. Hichilema said.
He said the poor water and sanitation situation obtaining in Malambo and other rural settings were unacceptable especially with a PF government that was borrowing and spending lavishly on motor vehicles, travelling abroad and getting allowances at the expense of supporting and promptly paying farmers so that they can live a decent life.
Mr. Hichilema and his entourage concluded campaigns in Malambo Constituency yesterday and arrived in Petauke late last night after making stopovers in Sinda Constituency where they thanked the UPND team and the people in that area for the victory in the January elections.
The UPND leader called on the leadership to closely work with Sinda Constituency area Member of Parliament Levy Ngoma who he described as hardworking.
He also encouraged them to recruit and embrace new members in the area.