Opposition UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has promised to favor Zambians in the ownership of land when his party forms government.
Mr Hichilema said under the UPND government, land will be for Zambians first and will thereafter endeavor to dutifully encourage joint ventures with those with capital.
Mr Hichilema was speaking on Monday during opening of the party’s National Management Committee meeting in Lusaka.
“For instance, in a period of 5 years and thereafter, once our citizens especially the youth and the women have the capacity to stand on their own they will be encouraged to seek joint partnerships and then move to their next area of investment,” Mr Hichilema said.
He reiterated that Agriculture will be another economic booster and a major source of employment and income for the country.
“We shall provide more fertilizers to our farmers because the more they produce out of our government’s empowerment schemes, the more we produce cheaper mealie meal and eventually reduce the cost of mealie meal to K50 per 25kg or even less,” he stated.
“Today we reminded members of the party at the National Management Committee level, to understand our vision for our country and speak in simpler terms in which, each one of our citizens will easily understand.”
Mr Hichilema warned that there is no time to warm chairs anymore when citizens are crying over high mealie meal prices, corruption, bad governance and all other detrimental factors to the growth of the country.
He stated that under the UPND government, anyone will be entitled to work for the people as long as they have necessary qualifications and have the integrity to deliver according to the people’s expectations.
“But we also stated that no one will be allowed to be a Cabinet Minister if their preoccupation is to enrich themselves above the duties to diligently serve. This is why we insist that we are in politics not to enrich ourselves but to offer a service to the Nation, and as such anyone wishing to get rich out of politics is simply in a wrong field and the UPND government will never entertain such individuals.”
“During this meeting, we also told our officials in charge of sector areas to speak out on various issues affecting the people and that, this start should immediately because citizens are looking up to them for leadership, and that it must not be about Hakainde Hichilema alone, but all of us as a collective citizenry.”
He added, Education is an investment and we will ensure that every child including the elderly will have access to quality education through our free education model, and resources for this sector will be raised locally, including cutting down unnecessary expenditures such as a blotted Cabinet with Deputy Ministers.”
“There shall be no luxury travels for top government officials, corruption will be fought vigorously while we will enhance government owned industrial activities to boost our revenue base.”
He said, “Quiet often, our mothers and citizens out there face numerous health problems, but when in government this will be a thing of the past because we will take clinics, hospitals closer to them but more so medicines. This is because a structure without medicines and health providers is tantamount to corruption as is the case now under the PF regime.”