— Five party presidents turn up for presidential debates

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Five political party leaders turned up for presidential debates at Mulungushi International Conference Centre last evening ahead of the January 20, 2015 by elections.

 

 

The Muvi TV and Hot FM organized debate featured candidates from Forum for Democratic Development (FDD), United Party for National Development (UPND), National Restoration Party (NAREP), Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) and Green Party (GP).

 

 

The heated debate was this evening tailored on unemployment, labour and social protection, water and sanitation, environment and climate change, Agriculture and Health.

 

 

FDD president Edith Nawakwi said she will review the school curricula and incorporate technical skills in order to solve the problem of unemployment.

 

 

Ms/ Nawakwi  pledged to promote a system where farmers will have total control over there produce and be able to maximize profits accordingly in order to boost the Agriculture sector.

 

 

And UPND president Hakainde Hichilema  on his part said he will revamp the Agriculture sector by supporting a good market system by introducing fair selling prices.

 

 

Mr/ Hichilema said he will reduce the retirement age from 65 to 55 in order to allow youths to explore their potential by having access to decent jobs.

 

 

NAREP president Elias Chipimo says  Zambia  was  missing quality leaders by not utilizing the natural resources that the country is endowed with further sating that he will out natural resources to good use in boosting the Agriculture sector.

 

 

Mr. Chipimo said to fight unemployment he will introduce the public procurement process where funds will be made available to the vulnerable.

 

 

And MMD president Nevers Mumba says small scale business men will be empowered in order for them to be able to add value to the produce that are found in different localities.

 

 

And Green party president Peter Sikamba says under his admiration trade unions  and farmers funds shall be formed in order for them to have access to capital further stating that value addition is a myth without capital.

 

 

He maintained that  to create job opportunities he will legalize  Marijuana production through the Zambia National Service which will be grown in high security zones.

 

 

The debate which kicked off at 18:00 hours was beamed on Muvi TV and was live on Hot FM , Liseli, Yasatsani, Icengelo and Zambezi Radios.

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