Speaking when he mingled and ate lunch with various people at North-Mead’s Thorn Park market yesterday, Mr. Hichilema said Zambia was bigger than any individual and people should continue with the same spirit of praying and loving one another as the nation celebrates 50 years of independence.
Mr. Hichilema said Zambians have been through tough times before and come 2016, the UPND government will work tireless to redress the situation.
“I also feel the pain and anguish that Zambia is going through under the current economic hardships. For those who can afford a meal in these restaurants, you should regard yourselves as luck because many of our brothers and sisters in most homes have not had anything to eat due to high price of mealie meal and cost of living generally. Let’s support our hard working mothers cooking Nshima and foods in these places because that’s their source of income for their children as well,” he told some markeeters and customers that thronged him.
Mr. Hichilema and his entourage who toured the market during the lunch peak period was, greeted with ‘aleisa aleisa aleisa’ symbol by marketeers and customers.
The UPND leader also called on government to promote local food products as a way of empowering Zambians with market and create some relatively decent jobs.
The opposition leader, who took time to sample some Zambian traditional dishes at the market to the surprise of many customers and shop-owners, called on all Zambians to promote local foods.
“Zambian dishes are very health and tasty and it should be promoted and marketed. We should not shy away as Zambians from always eating our own locally grown foodstuffs.
He also said local eating-places around the country such as Thorn Park Market should even be upgraded so that Zambians can eat local foods in decent places and hygienic conditions.