UPND held its much-anticipated rally in Lusaka’s Mandevu township on Sunday

Hakainde Hachilema

THE UPND this afternoon held its much-anticipated rally in Lusaka’s Mandevu township after hitting the brick wall a number of times in the recent past.
UPND  president Hakainde Hichilema arrived at Mutanda ground at about 14:45 hours to a supportive welcome.
He was in the company of his advisor William Banda, vice-president for administration Canisius Banda, vice-president for political affairs Richard Kapita and several UPND members of Parliament.
The UPND MPs included Charles Kakoma (Zambezi West), Cornelius Mweetwa (Choma), Garry Nkombo (Mazabuka), Stephen Katuka (Mwinilunga), Request Muntanga (Kalomo Central) and Brian Chitafu (Kafulafuta).
Others were Vitalis Mooya (Moomba), Villie Lombanya (Solwezi East), Highvie Hamududu (Bweengwa), Munji Habeenzu (Chikankata), Misheck Mutelo (Lukulu West), Ephraim Belemu (Mbabala) and Likando Mufalali (Senanga).
Former MMD Kaputa Member of Parliament Mutale Nalumango was also present and spoke, accusing the PF of failing to run the country.
Musician Mundia Mukubesa, commonly known as Petersen, entertained the crowd with his song Bufi.
Police in full riot gear ensured that peace prevailed but earlier a fracas nearly ensued when suspected Patriotic Front, cadres attempted to attack a bus carrying UPND supporters. Police thwarted the attack.
The UPND leader told members to ensure that the party wins the 2016 elections.
“Start campaigning for the UPND. The PF has failed. The only party left is UPND,” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Hichilema also accused the PF of failing to create jobs as they promised.
“Go to ZRA (Zambia Revenue Authority) and you will discover that there are no jobs,” he claimed.
Mr Hichilema blamed the PF government for a rise in the cost of living. He did mention that under the PF, some public service workers have seen the highest pay rise since independence at more than 200 percent.
The PF created some more than 300,000 jobs and embarked on massive infrastructure development.
Mr Hichilema wound up his speech with a religious song.