Opposition UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says it was important for people seeking public office to be clear enough on what they intended doing for the majority of their citizens if Africa was to develop.
Speaking at various economic platforms and when he featured on South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s radio and later live television interviews in South Africa, Mr. Hichilema said it was important for governments to create opportunities where businesses of various sizes prospered and created job opportunities for the majority of citizens, especially the young people.
Pressed on his source of wealth, Mr. Hichilema said he was pleased to have been given decent education opportunities despite coming from poor background and later on a conducive environment to start a small business that he slowly grew and would want many Zambian citizens, especially the youths, to enjoy the same.
The UPND leader, who has been invited at the prestigious World Economic Forum taking place in South Africa, says he looked forward to providing the same conducive economic environment if Zambians gave him an opportunity to lead the country so as to create employment and business opportunities for majority of the people and look after the underprivileged in society.
Mr. Hichilema, who has been meeting various business delegations from around the world interested to invest in Zambia, said the country had great potential in various sectors such as agriculture, tourism, mining, manufacturing and encouraged companies to come and partner with local citizens to develop the huge economic potential.
And Mr. Hichilema says it was important for political competitors in Africa to treat each other with respect and not as enemies in the political field.
The UPND leader said it was regrettable that opposition politicians in Africa were always targets of all sorts of malicious propaganda, hate speech, as opposed to compatriots that were equally interested in developing the country in harmony.
He cited cases where opposition politicians in Africa were not normally provided with free space to operate and mingle with citizens and explain their alternative policies and vision for their country due to various colonial pieces of legislation such as the Public Order Act.
He said when given an opportunity to serve the people of Zambia, UPND would end political victimization because it was inimical to multiparty democracy and socio-economic development.
He said the vision of leaders in Africa in the 21st century, Zambia included, should be on creating business and job opportunities for their citizens and improve the provision of basic services such as. Education, Health, Food and reduce poverty.
The UPND leader has been invited in his capacity as one of the world’s successful business persons and emerging African leaders with potential to add value to the global economic development and poverty reduction.