UNIP leader Tilyenji KaundaUNITED Independence Party (UNIP) vice president and Tilyenji Kaunda’s running mate Njekwa Anamela has urged Zambians to desist voting for leaders who are campaigning on tribal lines and promoting regionalism.
Addressing a Public Rally at Namatama grounds in Livingstone on Monday, Mr Anamela said Zambians had an opportunity of voting for a party that promoted love, peace and harmony on 11 August.
He said leaders who wanted to use violence to get to State House did not have the interest of the nation at heart, but only wanted to go there to misuse and steal the national resources for their personal gain.
“We have seen and heard their messages when campaigning, their message is all about promoting tribalism and regionalism and I must say that it is very shameful. Please don’t vote for leaders who don’t understand what governance is all about because you need to have experience in governance for you to know how Government operates, so only trust a political party that has a track record of governance .
“Don’t vote for chancers and leaders who were in the forefront selling and privatising Zambian companies at the expense of amassing personal wealth,”Mr Anamela said.
He said once voted back into power, UNIP would make sure that the wealth of the nation is given back to the Zambian people and make sure that development gets to every corner of the nation.
Mr Anamela said the Livingstone City Council was not performing to the expectation of the people because previously the council was being run by corrupt councillors from a named political party.
“Livingstone City Council has failed to perform to your expectation because you put selfish and corrupt chaps as your councillors and they just spent their whole tenure stealing and sharing plots.
“Livingstone residents, you have an opportunity to put young and vibrant youths from UNIP as your councillors and Member of Parliament because they will put service before self,” he said.
The UNIP vice president also said that his party pledged to transform the agriculture sector as the mainstay of the economy and would abolish the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).
“As UNIP we shall do away with the FISP programme because it has disadvantaged rural farmers, small scale farmers will in rural areas will be given more farming inputs so that they are viable.
“We also want to recapitlise Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia and come up with more fertilizer producing factories so that we empower our farmers,” he said.
Mr Anamela further called on Livingstone residents to vote ‘yes’ in the referendum and avoid listening to politicians who were spreading lies about the exercise.
Meanwhile, UPND cadres in party regalia attempted to disrupt the UNIP rally but their mission was quelled by alert police officers from the nearby Mbita Police Post.