UPND cadres at the party's secretariat
UPND cadres at the party’s secretariat

By Anthony Bwalya

The United Party for National Development (UPND) is founded on a Social Liberal ideology.

This entails that fundamentally, the UPND is committed to running a regulated free market economy for rapid, inclusive growth and development, as well as opening up both the civic and democratic space for enhanced accountability within the social, economic and political space. The party believes that enhanced economic growth to generate wealth is a necessary in supporting social programs such education and health for all.

Specifically, the UPND values the role that individuals, households and SMEs play in the wider economic space for purposes growing the economy and creating jobs. To achieve this, a UPND government is committed to delivering more resources, monetary and other capital based resources into the hands of individuals, households and SMEs so that these may become the center of critical microeconomic decision making around savings, investments and spending.

To achieve this, a UPND government is committed to the following:

  1. Reform the Personal Taxation model so that the tax exempt threshold is aligned to the researched cost of critical household needs such as food, water and energy, healthcare, accommodation. This is key in redressing the balance of household poverty and inequality.
  2. Reform the public pension system (NAPSA) so that we make it more accountable, flexible, responsive to the new dynamics of a changing and vibrant young population of contributors, and to ensure that it offers more choices of real-time significance for contributors.
  3. Offer more and more tax and other business levy based incentives to SMEs to help them protect the integrity of their capital, grow their businesses so that they can help create decent jobs. In essence, a UPND government will reduce the cost of running business for SMEs.
  4. Embark on a consultative, honest, open and accountable process of reviewing the investment environment across all sectors in order to ensure that better returns accrue to Zambians while allowing private investors to thrive.

Secondly, a UPND government believes that social, political and economic accountability are key ingredients in achieving inclusive, sustained growth and development. This is why a UPND government is committed to restoring the credibility and expansion of the civic and political space to allow ALL political and civic actors to carry out their respective legal mandates in a free, open and fair manner.
Thus;

A UPND government is committed to enhancing the application of the rule of law by building fully professional, independent, open and accountable public institutions that work for everyone, irrespective of their political affiliations.

It, therefore, follows that a UPND government shall promote good governance as the basis of running public affairs. This is consistent with our belief that there is just one use of power ; TO SERVE THE PEOPLE.

The foregoing represent the basis of existence of the UPND, and provides a general direction into the kind of leadership a UPND government will deliver for Zambia and Zambians.

The Author is a a Member of the Oppostion United Party For national Development(UPND)

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28 COMMENTS

  1. Feels good to read this.
    We know HH is a good rich man, who deserves a honorary doctorate. But throw some list of cabinet ministers who will help him. Dr. Edgar has 4 good ministers out of 35 useless ones.

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    • How will UPND pay the PF acquired loans and how will this affect their ambitions for Zambia?

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  2. GOOD PLANS COME TO NOTHING WHEN YOU HAVE A LARGE “ILLITERATE” ELECTORATE.
    SUCH VOTERS DON’T SEE BEYOND THEIR NOSES AND ALWAYS ELECT THE WRONG PEOPLE

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    • Zambian voters are not as illiterate as you think. The know that the nation has to be defended from those that are bought and paid for by Anglo America.

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    • Stop insulting us voters. We vote with all our consciousness and our eyes wide open. If yourself has been brainwashed to believe that your candidate stands out don’t blame it on other people just continue to lick his shoes.

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    • Free men we stand under the flag of our mother…. Does that mean you don’t need regulations? Boyi katona come and see this pf cadre with doctorate in thuggery.

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    • Dont bring street arguments.

      Show us your intellectual capacity.

      Problem with upendi is they they expect us to follow hh blindly

      What is a free regulated market.

      Explain. Dont duck questions like hh

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    • Even free range chickens have a perimeter fence to regulate their free range movement. I hope this helps

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  3. PF rats too dull to understand this , to them only….

    “Kasaka Ka ndalama “

    Has meaning …………..

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    • Really? A free market is one based on supply and demand with government regulations..eg USA economy isbased on a free regulated market. Basic economics level 1

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  4. The UPND who think they can FIX it.
    The reason most pensioners are still fighting for their pension is not because NAPSA chewed it, no, it’s because the various govt departments they work(ed) for didn’t/don’t submit in the first place.
    You also need to convince voters what ‘TO SERVE THE PEOPLE’ means because it currently means NOTHING. ‘TO SERVE THE PEOPLE’ is one of those phrases associated with megalomaniacs, and UPND seems to have lots of them.

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  5. Point 3.

    Will offer more and more tax to business.

    So upendi will be offering taxes

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    • Offer more and more tax and other business levy based incentives to SMEs to help them protect the integrity of their capital, grow their businesses so that they can help create decent jobs. In essence, a UPND government will reduce the cost of running business for SMEs.

      Wasenda ichushi washa umulilo,

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  6. You certainly do not know this cult called UPND. Just give them power for one week and see the wreck they will cause that you will regret ever associating yourself with cult.

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  7. Great clear economic plan. But if your party truly desires to form government you need to do more than this coz only the pseudo US and UK based intellectuals on this platform will read this and trust me these sell outs don’t even vote but talk a big game. From their comments I equally suspect most of them are drunks who could be on govt welfare in their countries of domicile so don’t expect donations from them either. Double H is a cool competent guy though, but I just find him a little impenatrable and unrelatable. He is a diamond in the rough though. I suspect once the people get to really understand his persona they might find him charming and a heck of a patriot like me. Nzelu nimu packaging.

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  8. Was this article written by hh himself hiding under a bemba name if I may ask.

    Is that the best upendi gurus can offer.

    This grade 9 ecommerce literature

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    • This UPND’s Ideological Statement And Commitments is very very very hollow as UPND itself! UPND ku ndumbwila nafuti mu 2021!

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  9. The Upnd thinks they are dealing with fools as they are fools themselves. The UPND does not qualify to even talk about Democracy, when last did they have a convention? 2006, 13 years ago. These are *****s and very shallow, they think everything is privatization.

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  10. The writer conveniently forgot the upnd trib.al element, was he a baby in 2006? He does not know that Trib.al Hacks is there purely because he was ordained a trib.al in 2006?

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  11. Hi colleagues,

    I will be delighted to respond to some of your most pertinent questions around the content of the article. The idea is for the party to open up a platform for constructive and productive debate around some of the issues we all are deeply passionate about.

    Please note that I may not be able to respond to questions raised outside the boundaries of what is contained in this article. This is to ensure that we give all our followers a fair chance to follow the discussion without expending energy on unrelated issues.

    I thank you.

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  12. I dont understand where some people are missing it. The heading is in bold’ IDEOLOGICAL’. The world we live in is a real world, and the auther is telling you that if it were up to him, that is what he would want to happen. Its like saying ‘at 50 i will have my own plane’. Thats an ideological statement. In the girst place, you may not even reach 50. Life is not that straight. But that should not stop us from having dreams. Who knows!

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  13. This UPND’s Ideological Statement And Commitments is very very very hollow as UPND itself! UPND ku ndumbwila nafuti mu 2021!

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