HH says his govt won’t deduct defence force allowances from UN peacekeeping missions

United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has assured defence forces that when he forms government allowances from United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions will not be deducted by government.
And former First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa has appealed to Zambians not to keep a government that does not respect the constitution of Zambia.
Speaking when he addressed a huge rally in Chawama on Friday afternoon, Hichilema said all allowances from UN missions belong to the men and women in uniform and will not be deducted and promised to give water and electricity allowances to defence forces and the police.
‘Defence force allowances from UN peacekeeping missions will not be deducted by government, all allowances will be paid on time and the UPND government will not deduct anything, that is your money,’ Hichilema assured.
He further promised to reduce the license fee for teachers from the current K600 to k100 and pointed out that all civil servants who have been fired for allegedly supporting the UPND will be reinstated once the UPND forms government.
Hichilema also promised to reduce import duty to support cross border traders and stated that certain businesses will be restricted to Zambian citizens only.
And former First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa has appealed to Zambians not to keep a government that does not respect the constitution of Zambia.
She was speaking at the same rally after outgoing President Edgar Lungu sent a Chopper dangling a PF flag with his (Lungu’s) face to fly above the UPND rally in an attempt to disrupt the meeting and provoke violence.
The helicopter circled the venue several times and briefly disrupted the UPND leader Hichilema who was speaking when the chopper appeared.
‘If the government and Head of State cannot respect the constitution we should not maintain them in office,’ said Dr Mwanawasa.
Dr Mwanawasa said Zambians had the right to assemble without being disturbed adding that the PF’s time in government has come to an end.
Meanwhile five UPND cadres have been beaten severely by PF thugs who stopped the van carrying UPND members and started beating them.
The UPND supporters who were drumming and singing on their way to the Chawama rally were pulled out of the van near Chimwemwe School and clobbered by the PF thugs some of whom were in police uniform.

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