UPND President Hakainde Hichilema
UPND President Hakainde Hichilema

UPND President Hakainde Hichilema is in South Africa this week to address a number of forums, including members of the Zambian diaspora and business community in Johannesburg, investors at the 2016 Mining Indaba and the Graduate Business School at the University of Cape Town as part of their Distinguished Speakers Programme.

The focus of discussions will be on the strong economic potential in Zambia and Southern Africa more broadly, as well as how current challenges facing the region can be overcome. In particular the UPND leader will be explaining what action can and should be taken by Government to address major domestic risk areas that include those identified by the World Bank in its 2016 Zambia Economic Brief, namely a worsening power sector crisis, deterioration in confidence, and another low harvest. Mr Hichilema will attempt to explain how Zambia can bounce back with the right leadership.

As he has argued at home, Mr. Hichilema will reiterate that as a sovereign nation Zambia can also control how it plans and reacts to changes in the external environment, whether it relates to weather or commodity prices, and that Governments must give no excuses but devise ways and means of shoring the external factors which affect every country that has an economy that is structured like ours that exports one commodity.

He will continue to encourage business that his vision if elected President is to improve the business environment and reduce the costs for companies by cutting red tape and streamlining processes in order to boost economic activity, create jobs and reduce prices that have been sky rocketing as inflation reached more than 20% in December 2015 from 7.7% a year ago. Mr. Hichilema will also argue for the need to cut waste and boost efficiency at the heart of Government, in support of calls by the World Bank and others for Zambia to move ‘back onto a sustainable fiscal path’. Alongside this, the UPND leader will argue that Zambia cannot afford to continue to underinvest in education.

As interest mounts ahead of the upcoming elections on 11 August, Mr. Hichilema will also address concerns regarding the path towards elections. He will talk about the challenges opposition parties are facing which include application of the Public Order Act, access to public media and the accompanying censorship. He will also explain how the UPND and other opposition parties are actively working to engage the Electoral Commission of Zambia on these and various other issues such as transparency and finalisation of the electoral register. Mr. Hichilema is also scheduled to speak with a variety of international media and share his vision for Zambia once elected into office.

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42 COMMENTS

  1. HH IS THE ONLY RIGHT CANDIDATE THAT ZAMBIANS HAVE FOR PRESIDENCY THIS AUGUST. THE MAN HAS ROBUST MIND. HE IS HIGHLY ENERGETIC AND IT CAN HELP ZAMBIA A GREAT DEAL TO HAVE SUCH A RENOWNED ECONOMIST AS STATE PRESIDENT. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT ZAMBIANS CAN BE RESPECTED ON THE INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM FOR CHOOSING SUCH A ONE AS PRESIDENT.LET US ALL RALLY BEHIND HH AND UPND AND GIVE THEM A THUNDEROUS VOTE ON AUGUST 11. VIVAHH VIVA! VIVA UPND VIVA!

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    • Mpho will ask him again the same question about how he became a millionaire within two years. Let’s hope this time he will give him an answer.

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    • BA TRUTH, DONT CHEAT ZAMBIANS THAT hh IS THE ONLY RIGHT CANDIDATE AT THE MOMENT. IF ANYTHING ZAMBIA DOES NOT DESERVE A SATANIST TO BE A PRESIDENT FOR THIS COUNTRY.

      EDGAR IS THE RIGHT CANDIDATE, FOLLOWED BY NEVERS MUMBA, AND EDITH NAWAKWI COMES THIRD.

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    • Those who accuse others to be satanists are the real blood sucking satanists enslaved by their own ignorance

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    • All the above are topics being addressed to wrong fora. HH is campaigning in wrong places and de-campaigning his country against foreign investment…and those people wont come and vote for him

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    • Morgan Tsavangirai tried that, it has never and will never work for him……….and guess what, he’s still in opposition and I can hardly remember the last time I heard anything about him.

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    • BUT HE IS A WRONG GUY TO TALK ABOUT ZAMBIAN MINES WHEN HE THE ONE WHO SOLD OUR MINES TO HIS FRIENDS AND LATER WALKED AWAY WITH HUGE PAY THAN WHAT WAS PAID TO THE MIGHTY ZAMBIA. IF I WERE ONE OF THE DELEGATES, I CAN’T EVEN WASTE TIME LISTENING TO HIM. HIS MIND IS NO DIFFERENT TO A CRIMINAL.

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    • To you kachema is the right president since you are a cowtherner and you believe by voting yo fellow cowtherner you will hav an advantage. But for us non cowtherners ni Lungu all the way till 2026

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  2. Easier said than done baba…Running an economy is not as easy as ABC, being educated and having a lot of economic theories does no necessarily mean having the knowledge to run an economy. If i were HH i would tone down and concentrate on campaigning locally instead of running to the people in the diaspora and the international community. Those people are not going to vote, they node and clap at his eloquent speech but will not form part of the voters. Go and campaign in Kaputa, chamanimani in Kabwe, chimwemwe and buchi in kitwe and sell yourself….. when you loose you will cry the loudest because you are campaigning to non voters. You are Under 5 for real!!

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    • HH is attending a Mining Conference in Cape Town. There’s nothing wrong in taking this opportunity to speak to Zambians who are based there. All past and current Presidents and opposition leaders have always done this. So please shut up and go to hell with your childish and senseless criticism.

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    • @Kopala nafuti nafuti
      WHERE DOES IT SAY THAT HE HAS GONE TO CAMPAIGN.?
      HE HAS GONE TO DISCUS DEVELOPMENTAL PROSPECTS.

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  3. In countries like the USA, he would be the only candidate Americans would be listening to. To be presidential material is the USA, u have to show to the electorate your clear past achievement in your own wealth creation, in fact Sata also fitted this category, but lacked education. EL did not even make it as well know prominent lawyer & Zambians do not take the presidency seriously. They people are in streets who still say lets give EL another chance, i look at them & understand why they are still leaving in such abject poverty.

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  4. The dynamics (forces at play) in the USA are totally different from the Zambia set-up…… In Zambia, 70 to 85% of the learned do not vote and those are the people that can be matched to the American voter…. In Zambia you need to make them roads, cheaper mealie meal, electricity etc….how you achieve those the Zambian voter is not interested. They only look at deliverables (results) and not theories do do with the economic situation in the country. That’s why HH has failed to make it on Zambian political set scene. To make matters worse, HH everything in the UPND party..he’s SG, he’s the spokes person, he’s the national chairman, he’s the VP… he’s a super human to everything? His executive committee members are not able to critique him for fear of victimization from his…

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  5. Ma ma ma has anyone passed this news to Mr.Global, I can foresee someone busting a neck vein any moment because that brother doesn’t sleep pali HH he might have to take medication. You will hear him say South Africa is tribal. At least for once he will be right on he global phenomenon – HH’s address will be global.

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  6. @kopala, you want HH to address meetings and hold rallies this time? You must be nutty in the head. Ever heard of zambia police force and the way they administer the public order act?

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  7. Comrades iam told Kashimba Chimbwili and company wanted to send the pf police to southafrica so that can block HH from speaking there ati POA. But things turned soar as many of those chaps did not have proper passports so they were returned at Oliver Tambo airport.

    Iam told Chimbwili is so angry that the PF Police failed to do their work of blocking HH. Even the officers at the airport are shaking because they are being asked who allowed HH to go through the airport gates

    What a shame

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  8. Zambians, what is the cause of alarm? Lungu is in France and HH in South Africa each trying to put their best foot forward. All said and done, the final verdict lies on the Zambian electrolate in a SECRET ballot. Its neither how far and wide we travel nor how vocal we sound that counts, its our true personality that speaks volume.

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  9. I told you that dont be surprised at the desperation that HH and UPND will be exhibiting as we draw closer and closer to the polling date. This man is slowly but surely getting mad and he will travel the whole world making interviews on his bid to become president but then who cares?
    I really pity those who support HH honestly because he has no ability to win the souls of genuine voters.
    Let me be honest here, President Lungu has done exceptionally well under the very difficult conditions. He took over the affairs of the nation when the world economies where melting down and had serious effects on many especially emerging economies. Now if President Lungu can be this good in these trying times, dont believe that he can develop the country beyond one’s imagination all things being…

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    • Yasila Chito baba. Continue yapping. What exceptionally well is there to show….. only your family can see that because you were given a job. We want to turn around your miseries so you can see that your exceptionally well is infact zero…

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  10. contd
    Now if President Lungu can be this good in these trying times, dont believe that he can develop the country beyond one’s imagination all things being equal.
    You can only rate and judge someone by the way one handles immense and huge challenges of which President Lungu and PF have handled exceptionally well. SO ON 11 AUGUST 2016, ITS EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU THAT YOU CAN TRUST PERIOD!!!!!!!

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    • Lungu has been in PF as minister for a long time, what has he got to show?? Infact when he was homeaffaires minister we remember how him and sata mulenga tried to dupe zambians into paying $230 million for a cctv system for lusaka when the realistic cost was $130 million if that
      Ati done extremely well, anyone can over see building roads with borrowed money.

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  11. Now if President Lungu can be this good in these trying times, dont you believe that he can develop the country beyond one’s imagination all things being equal.
    You can only rate and judge someone by the way one handles immense and huge challenges of which President Lungu and PF have handled exceptionally well. SO ON 11 AUGUST 2016, ITS EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU THAT YOU CAN TRUST PERIOD!!!!!!!

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  12. Quite an informative article and well written, thank you LT. Several colleagues are attending the forum this evening in Joburg. Always good to listen to alternatives, allowing for an informed decision come this August 2016.

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  13. E Chagwa Lungu should express himself well and clear over these national issues HH is going to articulate on. The trouble in Zambia is heads of state do not want to tell ideas they have for the nation to vote them into office. Every mature and emerging democracy subjects those who vie for top office to appear on national television and inform the citizens what their vision is for the country. This is a yard stick to know where we are going. Even MPs to be do sell themselves with whta they believe need to be done in their constituencies.
    All those vieying to be head of state MUST appear on telrvision debates.
    Any one failing to tell Zambians why they need to be voted for will de-campaign themselves.

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  14. HH is an accomplished businessman and economist of high caliber.He is a pragmatic leader.How can you go to a shinganga for charms to get rich when the shinganga is poor.Lungu has nothing to show.We the UNZA and CBU and miners will show him the way out.IKUSUNGA IMBWA maano.

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  15. Am at CBU doing my postgraduate studies, HH will be simple the Africa’s leader icon & time will prove this.

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  16. Real me two. Lungu goes to church HH follows, lungu goes to I taly HH goes to South Africa. Lungu will come back to zambia HH will follow. This is cimbwi no plan original. Lungu is more advanced than HH. South African president was telling his finance minister to learn from zambia sir

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    • Comparing someone who has just discovered what yhe inside of church building looks like in the last 6 months to someone who has been tithing and actively serving as a church elder in an established church body for decades is just so so so laughable. Deep down you know who is who in this statement, what’s the name of your guys church again at synagogue of sloshed saints ati shani what’s that church again please remind me

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  17. The Zambians in the diaspora will ask one question like:
    What’s this we hear that all the thieves and corrupt elements have regrouped under your party UPND?
    HH: “no I am just using them to get into state house, after I win I will dump them into the Croc infested Kafue river…..”.
    ..and turning to GBM who will be seated beside him, HH will say “….sorry GBM, didn’t realize that you were with me….”.

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  18. At this point & time, it is only the foolish, unreasonable pipo still hailing insults at HH. If u have never seen a country that turns around to vote their best candidate of th time, wait and see how your insults will erode your wishes. God turns insults into a blessing. Continue insulting HH for nothing, and you will soon know that God is a God of everyone becos He even gives leadership of His people, to the likes of drunken & violent Edgar Lungu, your favourite. U will soon know that God is no respector of persons like the ones you yourself prefer, but those preferred by God Himself. If Edgar’s time has come to give way, please let him give way & u go and join him in his violent politics. Up to now you haven’t known that Edgar only came in becos ba Sata died? You are fools all of…

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