UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has told leading international news outlets Al Jazeera TV and Bloomberg that he is seeking public office to restore sanity in management of Zambia’s economy.
In a wide ranging interview that was conducted at his New Kasama residence, Mr Hichilema said the Zambian economy has been mismanaged by the PF administration.
In a brief posting on his Facebook page, Mr Hichilema said Zambia is a rich country with great potential that needs to be fully harnessed.
“We were honoured to host and undertake interviews with international media houses Al Jazeera Television and Bloomberg this morning at our residence. We discussed a wide range of issues from our alternative economic policy proposals to governance issues,” Mr Hichilema said.
He added, “Central to our message was that we are seeking public office in order to restore sanity in the management of the country’s economy. Without preempting our discussion with them that will be televised on the Al Jazeera Television network soon, we stressed that Zambia is a rich country with great potential that needs to be fully harnessed in order to create jobs for our people, especially the youths.”
“We also empathised the need to fully empower our people with business skills and real jobs under our economic diversification programme. On governance issues we addressed the restrictions on the movement of citizens through the application of some pieces of legislation such as the Public Order Act that hinder citizens, especially opposition political players, from freely mingling and mobilising themselves ahead of the upcoming elections.”