The ruling Patriotic Front has made a raft of promises in its latest manifesto as it seeks to win a fresh mandate from Zambia in this August elections.
In a foreword to the 79 paged document, President Edgar Lungu stated that the PF has delivered on its campaign promises of 2011, and is best placed to lift Zambia and all Zambians to greater socio-economic heights.
“Through appropriate interventions, such as raising the tax free income threshold threefold from K1, 000 in 2011 to K3, 000 in 2014, revision of the minimum wage, salary increases, the Patriotic Front has fulfilled its pledge to put more money in people’s pockets,” President Lungu said.
He said by building infrastructure, the PF has also saved people time and money as they travel to access services and facilities.
But in its new manifesto, the party has gone a step further to make a wide ranging promises it hopes will attract the voters as it seeks a new five-year mandate.
In the energy sector, the PF is promising to accelerate and scale up public-private partnership investment in hydro power generation to raise the installed capacity in order to meet national demand and generate surplus for export and to attain cost reflective tariffs by 2019.
It also promises to allow ZESCO to make a profit and recapitalise and that it will unbundle the electricity industry into generation, distribution and customer service to improve efficiency.
The PF however says that transmission of power will still remain under the government’s jurisdiction
In the mining sector, the party says it will rump up copper production to 2 million tons per annum by the year 2017 and promote ownership of large scale mines by indigenous Zambians.
It also promises to increase the contribution of the mining industry to governments’ revenue base in line with trends and best practice in the mining sector emerging markets.
On governance, the party says that it will introduce a law to enable Zambians living in the diaspora to exercise their entitlement to be registered as voters and vote in an election.
“Our party the PF, is campaigning for the Yes Vote during the August 11, 2016 referendum. We will also review the Non-Governmental Organisations Act of 2009 and we will review and reconcile the provisions of the Official Secrets Act and the Freedom of Information Bill of 2002 in order to enact the Freedom of Information Bill of 2002 into law,” it says.
The PF also promises to support self-regulation of the media in Zambia.
In the education sector, the PF says it will continue with upgrading of the remaining 1,800 Basic Schools into Day Secondary Schools and sustain the Fast-Track upgrading programme for teachers in Mathematics and Science.
It also promises to amend the 2011 Education Act and review the 1996 National Education Policy including the 1996 TEVET Policy
The PF is now promising to construct and establish universities in Eastern, Northern, Southern and North-Western Provinces and launch the University Student Loan Scheme to replace the Bursaries Committee arrangement.
Below is the link for the Full PF Manifesto