—United Party for National Development (UPND) has intensified its Presidential campaigns and its candidate, Hakainde Hichilema, is now in the Western Province for a series of rallies ahead of the elections slated for January 20, 2015.
Mr Hichilema arrived at Mongu Airport in Mongu district yesterday around 17:30 hours and proceeded to Mulambwa Basic School ground where he held a mammoth public rally.
Mr Hichilema promised the people of Western province to reduce the price of fertilizer for them to grow more maize resulting into reduced mealie meal prices once voted into power.
He also promised to improve the health, education, and livestock sectors among others and create decent and permanent jobs for the citizenry.
The UPND leader added that he would strike a balance when forming his cabinet rather than having it dominated by people from specific regions and thanked his entourage from various political parties for deciding to re-unite and campaign for him.
Mr Hichilema was accompanied by Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) President, Charles Milupi with his Luena Member of Parliament (MP), Getrude Imenda, Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) MP for Nalikwanda, Geoffrey Lungwangwa, for Liuwa, Situmbeko Musokotwane, and Likando Mufalali, for Senanga.
Others were former MMD National Chairman and Mulobezi MP, Michael Mabenga, former Western province Minister and Mongu MMD MP, Joseph Mulyata, and former Communications and Transport Minister and MMD Senanga MP, William Harringtone.
At the same rally Kenneth Namutulo, who was Patriotic Front Provincial Chairman and his Vice Treasurer, Sitali Simushi, defected from the ruling party, the PF, to the UPND.
Meanwhile, activities in Mongu Town came to a standstill yesterday afternoon as thousands of UPND supporters flocked to Mulambwa Primary School ground for UPND President Hakainde Hichilema’s rally that took place late in the evening.