With the closure of political campaigns as stipulated in the new electoral code of conduct,the Real Change team headed by President Hakainde Hichilema this afternoon brought the densely populated Kanyama High Density residential area to a standstill as it held its final rally before the casting of the ballots in the presidential,parliamentary and local government elections slated for Tuesday,September 20th 2011.
Having just arrived from a series of breath taking public rallies in the North western province which have sent shivers in opposing camps,President Hakainde Hichilema of the UNITED PARTY FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT,UPND who stands out as the youngest of the three frontrunners arrived to a thunderous welcome at Twashuka School Grounds,the venue of the rally with thousands of people blocking his motorcade demanding for a handshake.
Mr. Hichilema,whose nationwide campaign trail began immediately after the 2006 tripartite elections and dubbed ëThe Real Changeíhas received massive response from the members of the public resulting into him becoming a household name especially in the impoverished rural areas of Zambia.
Being of humble and rural background and rising through the ranks to become one of the countryís biggest ranchers,Hichilema or HH as he is affectionately called is being regarded as the only true vehicle on which Zambiaís numerous man-made problems can be resolved owing to his individual and group successes.
It is with this reason that Mr Hichilema who has spent the last three weeks touring most of parts of the country talks with passion on the many difficulties the country is facing and has continued to face under the MMD government which he says must be made to rest on Tuesday September 20th 2011 as it has run out of governance and developmental ideas.
2011 is an opportune year.We have a God given opportunity once again to change the direction of this country.We can nolonger allow our people to continue living under deplorable conditions which have been created by this MMD government in the last 20 years and yet still wants to continue to rule.We as the UPND have an obligation to the people of Zambia and that obligation is to deliver on services.Why should Zambians continue to live in slums,47 years after independence and in a country endowned with such great resources?No,i as Hakainde refuse to believe that we canít do better,î he told the thousands of people that turned up for his last rally.
The UPND leader commended Zambians for their resounding support from across the country and in the Diaspora and called for unity of purpose on September 20th 2011 as a way of voting for a new breed of leadership that will deliver and change the way the countryís affairs are managed by those mandated by Zambians to superintend over them.
He vowed to ensure that peopleís lives are changed for the better and reiterated his promise not to seek for re-election in 2016 if found to have failed to deliver on his pledges of a country with quality health, education, agriculture, water and sanitation as well as on job creation with a sound social welfare policy as well as improved public service delivery that will be complemented by prudent fiscal monetary policy that will advantage Zambians indiscriminately.
Mr Hichilema further reiterated his pledge of a motivated civil service with a minimum of K5 million for a tertiary certified employee as a way of enhancing on service delivery in the country and vowed to indiscriminately fight against graft which he said is chewing away the countryís moral fibre.