UPND Government Will Ensure Every Child is Able To Access a Good Education
As the campaign suspension is lifted in Lusaka and Namwala we want to get back to talking about the issues. Our appeal is for the final three weeks of the campaign to be 100% violence-free and for the focus to be on discussing the challenges and opportunities we face as a nation and debating the best way to move forward.
The message we have been delivering as we travel the country is that we know the hardship our people are now facing daily because of the PF’s mismanagement of the economy and President Lungu’s failure to provide strong and visionary leadership. We are ready to fix it.
The PF has cut economic growth in half and more than doubled the price of mealie meal. The real tragedy of their time in office is that they have used the millions borrowed to enrich themselves, while more of our people are dragged into poverty.
Inequality is growing in our nation and it is a deeply divisive force. The best weapon we have in tackling this challenge is education. That is why a UPND government will ensure every child is able to access a good education, regardless of the finances of their parents. This is a non-negotiable priority for us. Our vision of a united, prosperous and equitable Zambia cannot be realised without us taking this step.
At the same time we are going to take back control of the economy, providing leadership, stability and long-term direction. We are going to draw on our experience from the world of business to create an operating environment that stimulates job creation, because this is the most direct way of ensuring the benefits of increased economic activity are spread widely and not kept in the hands of the few.
We will use our experience in farming to invest in the agriculture sector, at one end targeting improvements in productivity and reducing the price of inputs, and at the other ensuring that value is added locally whenever possible. Jobs, increased profit for our farmers and lower food prices are the rewards we will reap for our investment and hard work.