UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says Zambia will only move forward if people continue to remain united.
In a statement Mr Hichilema said unity is a formidable weapon in the fight against the country’s number one enemy which poverty.
“Unity is the foundation upon which modern Zambia was born and the cornerstone on which our future depends.
Unity is also a formidable weapon in the fight against our common enemy – poverty. Only when we stand united as a nation do we have the spirit and the power needed to move our great nation forward for the benefit of all our citizens, regardless of gender, tribe and political or religious affiliation,” he said.
He accused the PF government of threatening the unity of the country in their attempt to maintain its grip on power.
“The PF government has threatened our unity in an attempt to maintain its grip on power. They have failed to uphold our nation’s treasured value of respecting one and others differences, hindering freedom of speech by shutting down newspapers, promoting hateful and divisive sentiments, and even denying opposition parties the right to campaign freely. It is disappointing to see that instead of continuing in our trend as a democratic and prosperous nation, today the PF are seeking to lead us down a path of violence and intolerance out of desperation and pure self-interest.
My appeal today is for us all to remember that there is far more that unites than divides us as a nation. We must not become distracted from the real issues and challenges our people are facing on a daily basis,” he said.
He also said his party believes in the unity of the country.
“The UPND party believes that united, we are stronger. When we join our hands and minds to work together we can move forward towards a more prosperous Zambia, where every individual has the ability to grow to become the best version of themselves, and where every business has the opportunity to flourish and create jobs
“Debate and expression of opposing views are signs of a healthy democracy, allowing us to reflect and challenge ourselves. We as the UPND party will always encourage open discussion as a means of ensuring that we are united in respecting each and every Zambian. Let us see “One Zambia, One Nation” as a daily reality, so that together we can find the strength to move our great nation forward,” he said.