UNITED Party for National Development UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has said his party will continue to seek guidance from traditional leaders, especially on how to ensure national unity and peace.
Mr Hichilema said traditional leaders were best known for preaching unity in the nation, which could only be attained once there was clear guidance from them because they were the ‘eyes’ of the citizens.
“My job will be to look after all Zambians regardless of where they come from and can only do this through the wise guidance and counsel from the traditional leaders,” Mr Hichilema said.
He said this when he met Paramount Chief Chitimukulu for the second time at his palace in the company of Kasama Central Member of Parliament (MP) Geoffrey Mwamba, Lunte Member of Parliament (MP) Felix Mutati, Lubanseshi MP Patrick Mcheleka, former first lady Maureen Mwanawasa and UPND national chairperson Mutale Nalumango.
Mr Hichilema, who was on his campaigns tour of Northern Province, said he would continue with infrastructure development projects that were embarked on by all previous regimes, including the late President Michael Sata’s projects.
He emphasised on the need to reduce the price of farm inputs such as fertiliser in order for peasant farmers to grow more food and, consequently, lower the cost of mealie meal and other food products in the country such as cassava.
Mr Hichilema said Northern Province had great potential for tourism and that his government would work out how best the tourism potential could be nurtured for the benefit of local people and to help create jobs, especially for the youth.
“So far I can say from the provinces travelled I have received massive support and wish to thank the people of Zambia for the welcome wherever I have been so far. I will continue to consult the people so that we can move in one direction,” Mr Hichilema said.
Times of Zambia