UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema has promised to revive all dormant industries in Livingstone once voted into power on 11 August.
Mr Hichilema said Livingstone needed to reclaim its position as a Tourism, Textile and Timber industries town in order to create more employment opportunities for the local people.
Addressing a rally at Villa Grounds in Livingstone on Monday, the UPND leader promised to complete the construction of the bus terminus and the market which he claimed the Patriotic Front (PF) Government had abandoned.
Mr Hichilema who was accompanied by UDF leader Miles Sampa bragged that he was the only leader in Zambia who was able fix the economy because he was an economist who understood the running of national affairs for a developing nation like Zambia.
“Once elected into office on 11 August, I promise to bring back all industries including the Livingstone motor assembly plant, I promise to give loans to all Marketeers and Taxi drivers so that they become their own boss instead of working for someone.
“There is too much hunger in our homes, very few people are educated and that is why as UPND we still insist on free education and reducing the cost of basic commodities, ”Mr Hichilema said.
He said once voted into power, the UPND will only give contracts for transportation of maize to Zambian companies only.
“No foreign company will be awarded contracts to transport maize across the country because we want to empower local transporters and so if there is a company from South Africa,Congo,Zimbabwe or Malawai that is transporting our maize, your days are numbered,” he said.
Mr Hichilema also strongly advised his supporters to reject the referendum alleging that it was meant to help rig the elections for the Patriotic Front.
Meanwhile UPND cardres ran amok after their rally and started beating up PF sympathisers, pulling down PF posters and chitenges in full view of the UPND leader when his motorcade made its way into the central business district of Livingstone town.