It is not surprising that the PF government is again trying to cheat the people of Zambia, this time around with their promise to create 500 000 jobs by 2016. As UPND we are not surprised because the PF thrives on deceit, open corruption and arrogance. It’s common sense that the PF government is panicking as we draw near the 2016 tripartite elections. I’m sure they are hearing what we are all hearing on the streets that the PF must pack and leave.The writing is on the wall. Zambians are rightly fed up with the mediocre leadership; they have been cheated before with such lies as more jobs and more money in the pockets. The people of Zambia have endured the torture perpetuated by the PF government; now the people of Zambia are saying enough is enough.
Every normal Zambian knows that the economy is in the doldrums, jobs are on the line as major industries like the mines are under-performing due to poor economic management of the country and load shedding. If people are predicting that our GDP will drop by the end of the year how does PF hope to create 500 000 jobs for the youth? Even if it’s dreaming, it’s not even a bad dream but mere hallucinations.
There is a danger in continuing cheating because if the jobs are not there the same youths will sort out PF come 2016. What the PF must know is that 2016 will be a different year in that the PF will not only face the opposition parties but NGOs as well, as they will be campaigning on the matter of the referendum and the Constitution. This is a self-inflicted pain as PF has chosen to use the arrogance of numbers in Parliament to bulldoze the constitution making process. They will pay dearly for choosing to ignore doing that which is right on the Constitution and making false promises to the Zambian people.
In the UPND we welcome the efforts by groups such as the JCTR to now monitor delivery of the jobs promised. It is time politicians were properly held to account for such statements. The history of politicians making grand promises only to deliver very little or nothing at all has led to the great apathy we now see among so many voters and particularly the young. However, together with civil society we can demand better from our government and expose and shame them for their lies. Only in this way can we ensure that in future they deliver better.
UPND Chairperson for Labour