UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has paid glowing tribute to the people of Dundumwezi constituency of Chief Chikanta chiefdom for the manner in which they overwhelmingly voted for UPND and it’s candidates in the 2016 General elections.
President Hichilema in a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Secretary General Walusiku Lyambela said despite having been unnoticed on the Zambian map before 2016, their manner of voting expressed their unity of purpose resulting into their Constituency becoming a household name in the country.
He said this on the sidelines of the Lwiindi Lwa Chuungu traditional ceremony of Chief Chikanta chiefdom held over the weekend.
He also said he is more humbled with the love and support the people of Chikanta including the chief himself exhibited themselves during his period of incarceration.
Mr. Hichilema thanked the entire chiefdom for remaining violent free despite provocation.
He promised to reciprocate the love and appreciation for the people of Dundumwezi once he forms government, describing them as some of the most hard working and selfless people in the country.
He however expressed concern at the low cost of buying maize as set by the PF government describing it as a mockery to farmers.
Mr. Hichilema further told the crowd which included chief Chikanta and more than 300 village headmen,Ward Councilors and MPs that ceremonies such as the Lwiindi Lwaa Chuungu should be encouraged as they are not only an avenue for interaction but also symbolised thanks giving to God for the harvests of that year.
He said a good harvest leads to reduced poverty levels and food security both at Household and National level.
The UPND leader further urged all traditional leaders to continue playing the Advisory and Parental role in order to preserve national peace and traditional values.