United Progressive People (UPP), leader Saviour Chishimba has called for early election because the Patriotic Front (PF) government has run out of ideas to fix the economic affairs of the nation.
Mr Chishimba said the rising cost of food and hardships among Zambians in face of the declining purchasing power of the Kwacha are public emergencies that must compel the PF regime to be patriotic enough to step down to pave way for early elections.
“Patriotism, which President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has been pontificating about, demands that when a nation is faced with new challenges to which the governing regime has no solutions, early elections must be called so that a new leadership with the right set of skills is given the chance to steer the statecraft in the right direction,” Mr Chishimba said.
Mr Chishomba claimed that the PF regime, which has changed into a bunch of mafia-style corrupt elements, must learn from Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, who has called for early elections in face of BREXIT.
He said the economy of Zambia is evidently headed for a meltdown and the PF regime does not have a practical and pro-poor economic recovery plan.
“Our nation is totally bankrupt and this is purely because of the serious economic crimes of plunder that the PF Government has committed in partnership with bogus and highly corrupt Chinese contractors who have become paymasters of corruption,” Mr Chishimba noted.
He said the UPP is stunned that at a time the economy is in recession and the people have no money in their pockets, the PF regime has set in motion the 75% upward adjustment of electricity tariffs.
The UPP leader said he is aware that the Pump Price of fuel will also be increased soon.
Mr Chishimba said he has been vindicated because he told the Zambians in 2016 about the intentions of the PF to increase the cost of fuel and electricity.
He said their ultimate goal is to increase it by 300%.
He noted that the next step by the PF Government is to sell ZESCO to their partners in corruption who they want to make money within the shortest possible period of time.
The UPP leader pointed out that the increment is not meant to attract investment, but rather to facilitate more corruption in the energy sector.
“Several State Owned Enterprises like ZSIC, Indeni, TAZAMA, ZNBS and ZECO, among others, are still up for corrupt sales,” he said
He has since called on Zambians to join hands with his party to raise awareness on the corruption of the PF Regime and intensity to bring the alleged stolen money as over US$ 5 billion has been plundered and externalised with the help of corrupt Chinese contractors.
“It is against this background that we urge the PF Regime to call for early elections so that a new crop of leaders can be given an opportunity for progressive change,” he noted.
Mr Chishimba said the call for the resignation of the PF Government is further predicated on the failure to deliver on the electoral promises of lowering taxes, creating more jobs and putting more money in the pockets of Zambians.
He said it is now seven years since the PF took over Government, but they are doing the opposite of what they promised to do as everything is now in reverse.