United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has said that the chaos that has characterised the issuance of National Registration Cards (NRC’s) was a clear case of lack of planning and proper management by the PF government.
Hichilema charged that the confusion that has characterised the exercise in some places was purely deliberate and a systematic attempt by the PF regime to sabotage the process with a view to disenfranchise citizens from participating in the voting process.
He pointed out that the nation was faced with a serious situation where the majority of people especially the youth were struggling to get their national registration cards.
Hichilema said the government knew from the last exercise in 2011 that a similar exercise would come and should have planned adequately.
He stressed that citizens did not only require national registration cards to vote but many other activities such as applying for jobs, loans, obtaining passports and at school and university and many other survival requirements.
Hichilema said the country will always have problems in developing because the leaders were preoccupied with fixing themselves in power at the expense of fixing the economy which benefits the entire nation.
He pointed out that who people will vote for in a ward, constituency or region should not be the consideration now.
Hichilema wondered how the leadership can any longer be entrusted to plan for bigger challenges such as the current economic downturn when they are failing to handle the issuance of national registration cards.