FILE: UPND President Hakainde Hichilema  helps offload soft drinks in Linda compound
FILE: UPND President Hakainde Hichilema helps offload soft drinks in Linda compound

We need to address the challenges that hinder the promotion of local producers and products so that they are not disadvantaged by cheap imports that lead to the closure of companies such as Mulungushi Textiles. Mulungushi was a key employer in Kabwe, says UPND President Hakainde Hichilema.

Speaking when he met Kabwe’s Bwacha Constituency residents and toured the defunct Mulungushi Textile, Mr. Hichilema said there was currently a lot of cheaper imported fabric of low quality in the country that has killed the local industry.

The UPND leader, who was accompanied by Party Vice-President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, former Lubasenshi Member of Parliament Patrick Mucheleka, former MMD National Secretary Maj. Richard Kachingwe and the local leadership, disclosed that he has already identified and engaged some local and foreign investors to reopen Mulungushi Textiles.

The UPND leader said once Mulungushi Textile was reopened it will immediately create a lot of direct jobs for the local people in Kabwe.

He said there will also be a lot of indirect jobs in the textile industry such as those for cotton farmers in the country and citizens involved in making various types of linen and fabric products.

The UPND leader said it was shameful that even the party regalia for various political parties, security personnel uniforms, and all types of wear in the country was being imported from outside when a company like Mulungushi Textile had overgrown grass and was now a bush.

And UPND Vice President for Administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba said he would make sure Mr. Hichilema fulfilled the promise for the Kabwe people of reopening the plant and other sectors so as to provide jobs for our people.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. HH dont lie to pipo. The mulungushi textile is a complicated issue. The Chinese govt is involved . GBM knows the story since he was minister of defence and he failed to unlock the contract. UPND is a culprit also of imported party regalia. all their regalia is imported when we have tailors in Zambia. Hh kindly tell us which of your party regalia is made in Zambia

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    • Ba piñata Jackson that’s why he has said it is shameful that various political parties import their regalia.

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    • Nothing can be complicated about a Zambian asset in Zambia that is affecting the lively hoods of our pipo.
      Pipo are starving and dying with kids not attending schools because of no jobs. Atase. With a determined GRZ even the Chinese will step aside, Zambia is ours.

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  2. The same old rhetoric talk by the failed and rejected man. HH iwe, stop your chap lies, you stink man! Explain to the people in very simple terms how you Mulungushi Textiles will be able to produce high quality but cheaper fabrics than those from already established countries in the far East.
    Did you know all your goods and clothes you have come from China or India? Be real iwe HH otherwise walapena plaster.
    Why are most goods produced in China today than even in Western countries? Your lies are making you lose even the little you have iwe chimbwi.

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    • You are clueless, Lesthoto, morroco, Egypt are among exporters of textile to Europe from Africa. Seems you PF kaponyas are infected by the defitist, the only way is to borrow syndrome.

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  3. They also toured, promised, assured and even opened that same textile. Ask them they were with you today and one of them has promised the same voter again that “he would make sure Mr. Hichilema fulfilled the promise for the Kabwe people of reopening the plant”.
    No new ideas, No new people but same stories, same people, same team just different head.

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  4. Inflation now at 22.9%, it was in single digit 5 years ago. It bites me how some of you people are clinging to Lungu so desperately,when every measure of the economy is going north. It is only the people who are stealing like Lungu who wants to perpetrating the current rotten system.

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  5. Peter
    February 24, 2016
    IF YOU CANNOT ACCOUNT FOR ‘YOUR’ WEALTH THEN IT SIMPLY MEANS IT’S NOT YOURS. IF IT’S YOURS, YOU WOULD BE VERY PROUD TO TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU PASSED THROUGH BEFORE YOU BECAME WEALTHY. NO ONE HIDES HERE IN THE WESTERN COUNTRIES. MOST TYCOONS SUCH AS DYSON, RICHARD BRANSON, ALAN SUGAR, TO MENTION BUT A FEW, ARE VERY PROUD TO DISCUSS THEIR WEALTH. MOST IF NOT ALL HAVE EVEN WRITTEN BOOKS OF HOW THEY STARTED AND IT IS INTERESTING TO READ ABOUT THEM. WEALTH CAN NEVER BE MADE OVER NIGHT. UNLESS IT IS INHERITED IT OR DUBIOUSLY OBTAINED IT. SO, BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THOSE PEOPLE WHO CAN’T AND GET ANGRY AND BITTER WHEN ASKED ABOUT THEIR WEALTH. TOTALLY, REFUSING TO DISCUSS YOUR WEALTH IS A CLEAR TESTIMONY OF THE DUBIOUSNESS OF SUCH WEALTH. SO, KEEP SUCH PEOPLE AWAY FROM…

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    • LT someone had posted a conversation with HH regarding his wealth on this very thread, why have you cut it??? Are PF paying more……

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