United Party for national Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema has said that he is patiently waiting for August 11 2016 to get to the office of the President.
Mr. Hichilema has also urged Zambians to persevere with what they are going through saying things will be well after August 11th polls.
He noted that there is only a few months left before August 11th, thus the people of Zambia should keep their resolve citing that there is no need to fear or be intimidated.
Mr. Hichilema added that he is hopeful that Zambians will not make the same mistake they made during the January 2015 elections but is confident that they will give him an opportunity to get to State House, adding that the Patriotic Front should start preparing itself to leave government come august 11 2016.
And the UPND leader has that PF has been working hard to de-campaign themselves among the youths by taking away meal allowances from students without warning at a time of rising food prices and diminished job prospects.
In an official statement released to the media, the UPND leader said that the actions of PF appear to alienate them from a large body of new voters.
Below is the full statement
The PF Threat to Our Youth
To any sane observer it must seem that in the past fortnight the PF has been working hard to decampaign itself among the youth, first taking away meal allowances from students without warning at a time of rising food prices and diminished job prospects, and then just a few days later failing to act after UPND youth supporters were attacked by PF cadres in broad daylight during Youth Day celebrations.
These actions, that appear to alienate a large body of new voters, have even left some wondering whether the PF has already resigned itself to its fate on 11 August 2016 and are now simply enjoying their last weeks in office without much regard to what the people think. In the UPND, however, we are increasingly concerned that there is something darker and altogether more worrying going on here – a serious and concerted attempt to intimidate, disenfranchise and disillusion young Zambians.
This follows from past PF behaviour, which has become increasingly intolerant of opposing voices over the past five years, particularly under President Lungu’s premiership. Whether it’s opposition politicians or popular musicians, the PF has been willing to try locking people up in order to stem the public criticism of their track record in office, while at the same time continuing on its endless campaign of by-elections and expansion of the size of Cabinet so they can tempt sitting MPs over to government benches.
This is all directly working against any talk of empowerment by the PF. In our mind youth empowerment requires the free and open flow of information, it requires good role models in leadership positions, and it requires serious resources be made available and distributed without favour based on political allegiance. These are all things we are ready to commit to in Government as UPND.
My message to you as this week comes to a close is that the violence last weekend was abhorrent and we must continue to call for justice, but as we do so we must not be blind to these more subtle, but nevertheless deeply concerning, trends. It is very important that between now and 11 August 2016 we all become Ambassadors for Change and Peace and remind friends and family that their vote can and will make a difference, that there is a better way for Zambia and finally that there is hope for us all, particularly our youths who have all of life’s rich journey ahead of them.