HH vowes to continue challenging President Sata over governance
Kapiri Mposhi, April 13, ZANIS ——– UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has stated that he is not afraid to challenge the PF government and President Michael Sata over governance issues.
Mr Hichilema said he was ready to be jailed for the sake of Zambians and vowed to speak out on several national issues affecting the country.
Speaking during a campaign rally in Kapiri Mposhi yesterday to drum up support for UPND candidate Lawrence Zimba in the 23rd April parliamentary by-election, Mr Hichilema charged that the PF lied to the people of Zambia during their campaigns in the run up to the 2011 general elections.
“I am not afraid to say that the PF lied during their campaigns in 2011… I repeat, I am not afraid… I used to be scared but after President Sata threw me in cells several times, I am not afraid. I am ready to go in cells even 200 times for the sake Zambians,” Mr Hichilema said.
And Mr Hichilema has claimed that the ruling PF wants to create a one party state by enticing opposition Members of Parliament (MP) to ditch their political parties and join the ruling party.
“Why are we having by-elections soon after another by-election? The PF are causing these unnecessary by-elections because they want to introduce a one party state . . . they want to introduce dictatorship… but we say no we don’t want . . . we do not want dictatorship we want democracy,” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Hichilema has alleged that the PF government has no policy on agriculture.
He said the UPND will ensure that the challenges being faced in the agriculture sector were addressed.
“PF has no policy on agriculture. They have a poor agricultural marketing policy. I am speaking as a farmer and Mr Zimba is a farmer. You cannot be distributing fertiliser to farmers in January or February that is why we are having increased prices in mealie-meal… as UPND we want to correct the situation,” he said.
“The PF government has failed in many ways. There are no medicines in clinics and hospitals and yet all of the sudden they have found money to buy chitenge for campaigns,” Mr Hichilema said.
“Teachers have no accommodation, orphans are not going to school but they are busy flying in choppers. Let me tell you, the PF government has failed to run this country,” Mr Hichilema said.
And Mr Zimba said he had been frustrated by the PF during the time he served as an MP for Kapiri Mposhi.
Mr Zimba said he would continue with his developmental programmes in Kapiri Mposhi once he is re-elected on the UPND ticket.