UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has called on government to for once care more about fixing economic policies that create job opportunities for the Zambian people than trying to fix o their political competitors and fortunes for short term political gains at the expense of the country at large.
The UPND has been receiving several concerns regarding the ongoing NRC issuance exercise around the country. Mr.Hichilema said the UPND have argued before that part of our leadership defiance challenges facing our country is wanting to politicise everything.
‘We are always thinking about how to fix our dwindling political fortunes instead of thinking about fixing our economic downturn like now,’he said.
Mr.Hichilema said the NRC document MUST be given equitably to all deserving Zambian citizens without any political or electoral considerations. Having an NRC,he said ,is not a political privilege but a right to any Zambian citizen as a legal requirement and as an ongoing exercise throughout the country.
He said this is a primary document in Zambia we all need in our daily life opportunities. Our youths need this document to get into local and international schools, colleges and universities. Our women, youths, civil servants, farmers, and citizens in general need this NRC document for employment opportunities, apply for small loans, get passports and driving licences, buy items on credit, etc.
‘Elections only come once in five years. Why should citizens in an entire constituency or ward in Kaputa, Kasama, Mkushi, Serenje, Kasempa, Katuba, Chingola, Kanyama, etc be denied such a vital document for life opportunities because of the manner they may have exercised their democratic right of voting,’Mr Hichilema asked.
‘We have been touring various parts of the country and no areas should be considered as favouring any political party any more and be used as a consideration for issuance of NRCs.
It’s the issues and viable economic policies that we offer citizens that we should care more for public service and political office,’the UPND president said.