UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has said action must be taken to close the gap between the rich and the people in Zambia.
Mr Hichilema said in a statement yesterday that each citizen must be given the opportunity to participate in the economy and improve his or her situation in life as a way of closing up the gap.
He said it was the responsibility of the government to ensure that the benefits of growth were shared.
Mr Hichilema said it was for this reason that UPND’s 10 Point Plan has a big focus on reducing inequality.
He said his government is going to tackle inequality by supporting the vulnerable and disadvantaged that were struggling to find jobs and access services such as education and healthcare.
“We will support youths through training initiatives and working with employers to open up apprenticeships and skills transfer opportunities,”he said.
Mr Hicilema said UPND is going to ensure access to education was equal for the girl and boy child.
He said this would ensure that the government tackles the issues that mean girl child school attendance remains lower such as child marriage, teenage pregnancies and expensive fees.
He said his government is going to lower food prices by increasing the productivity of our farmers.
He said corruption sees a huge percentage of the country’s wealth end up in the pockets of a few but there would be no sacred cows in the UPND government.
He said Zambia’s resources were for Zambians not a few select individuals.
“These are just some of the things we will do. To those who ask why previous governments have failed to eradicate poverty, we say it is because of a lack of political will and corruption,”he said.