Thousands of Kabwe residents gathered today at Kabwe’s Comet grounds for the UPND rally where Mr. Hichilema explained that part of the UPND’s 10 Point Plan was to provide clean water to Zambians as a way of preventing diseases—such as cholera—which have increased greatly in their annual occurrence.
The UPND leader bemoaned the high levels of unemployment in Kabwe due to lack of industries in the area when it is supposed to be an industry hub owing to its geographical location. Mr. Hichilema said he was already in talks with credible investors that were willing to set up various value addition industries in the area as well as reopen the Mulungushi Textile industry that can also save farmers around the country through the cotton industry. He further reiterated his desire to diversify the economy through the agriculture sector by lowering the cost fertiliser and provision of more support to farmers such as increasing the fertiliser support programme.
In an effort to support small businesses including marketeers and bus drivers, Mr. Hichilema also committed to a greater provision of affordable credit and financing schemes that will make their businesses grow.
UPND Vice President for Administration and running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba warned Zambians never to be misled by those who choose to insult the UPND leadership instead of speaking about real plans to help the people.
Former Vice President Dr. Guy Scott called on Zambians to remember part two of ‘donchi kubeba’—or taking anything the PF gives them but remembering to still vote for the UPND leadership. He complained about the discriminatory clauses in the new constitution such as a grade 12 requirement when the vast majority of Zambians cannot afford education.
UDF President Miles Sampa said Zambians are one people and must embrace each other and support the UPND, President Hakainde Hichilema and his leadership.
MMD President Dr. Nevers Mumba cautioned fellow Christians that were setting out to mislead Zambians by spreading falsehoods against other people.