—United Party for National Development (UPND) President, Hakainde Hichilema, has pledged to respect human rights and to free the media from government interference once elected as President of the Republic of Zambia.
Addressing journalists from the public and private media at Country Lodge in Mongu today, Mr Hichilema emphasised that the editorial would be independent and woukld ensure that journalists are not harassed by politicians and police officers.
Mr Hichilema also explained that he would give persons with disabilities priorities for employment and business in order to uplift their lives and compete with the able bodied, adding that the disabled were citizens of this county who deserved a decent life, too.
He further promised that he would donate his presidential salary to the vulnerable towards their education.
Mr Hichilema also promised to deliver on developmental challenges such as low water supply, poor sanitation, lack of industries for rice and beef processing as well as sugar plantations in Western province.
The UPND president further stated that he would reduce mealie meal prices in the country and empower famers by reducing fertiliser prices.
Mr Hichilema, who arrived in Mongu yesterday, was in the area to launch his campaign ahead of the January 20, 2015 Presidential by-election following the demise of the incumbent, President Michael Chilufya Sata.
Upon arrival, he proceeded to Limulunga Royal Palace to pay a courtesy at the Kuta where he was received by Senior Indunas before holding private talks with the Litunga.
Mr Hichilema was accompanied by his party vice president, Richard Kapita, former MMD National Chairman, Michael Mabenga and other senior party officials.