UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema says he is in politics to improve Zambia’s economy and not to serve personal interests.
Speaking when he addressed rallies in Chinsali and Mpika on Saturday, Mr Hichilema committed to improving the operations of TAZARA through meaningful dialogue with the Tanzanian government so that the company can be self-sustaining.
He also reiterated that he will work to reduce the price of fertiliser so that peasant farmers can have access to cheaper inputs, grow more and reduce food prices.
Mr Hichilema also committed to improving the tourism sector in Mpika so that local communities can benefit from wildlife as opposed to the current situation where only foreigners are benefiting.
This is according to a statement issued by the UPND campaign team.
He also emphasised that his campaign is based on unity across political divides and called on all citizens to campaign and vote for the UPND to transform the economy.
“When you combine the various skills that will form part of our team such as Felix Mutati, Mutale Nalumango and others, you can rest be assured that the country will be in safe hands. My integrity is also what I bring to the political arena and I am in it to fix the economy,” Mr Hichilema said.
He thanked the people of Chinsali and Mpika for coming out in large numbers and listen to his message.
After the rally, Mr Hichilema and his entourage toured Mpika market going to Chief Chikwanda’s palace to meet the traditional leader.
Mr Hichilema assured Chief Chikwanda that he would never meddle in traditional affairs and he will respect and value the wise counsel from traditional leaders.
And Mr Mutati has said he and some opposition members of Parliament believe Mr Hichilema is the most suitable candidate to develop the country.
Mr Mutati said Zambia faces numerous economic challenges and needs a strong team of proven economic managers such as Mr Hichilema to move the country forward.
Zambia Daily Mail