The people of Western province hold the key in alleviating the poverty affecting the area by electing good and responsible leadership, said opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema.
Speaking when he welcomed more than 500 defectors from MMD, PF, ADD, ULP in Mongu, Western province yesterday, 16th June 2014, afternoon at the New Apostolic Conference Centre, Mr. Hichilema maintained that PF was a one-term government.
He called for peace and unity among all Zambians in order to develop the country.
Mr. Hichilema’s meeting went ahead despite police attempts to block him.
It took the intervention of the Barotse King, the Litunga through the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) to order that all the UPND activities must go ahead as planned as Mr. Hichilema was a free man of the province and guest of the Litunga.
Mr. Hichilema urged all those who joined the party to immediately start campaigning ahead of the 2016 elections.
“Don’t be intimidated by the police. Start campaigning now ahead of 2016 elections. In UPND, there are no old and new members. You are all the same so feel free to contribute positively to the growth of your party and recruit more members,” Mr. Hichilema told the the people that joined.
He said PF was a failed project that survives on borrowing and increasing the national and international debt for future generations instead of creating wealthy locally.
“There is more hunger now in people’s homes than ever before. Fuel prices, mealie meal prices, electricity tariffs, water and all other commodities have all gone up and are still going up” he said.
Mr. Hichilema also said there was a total breakdown of law and order in the country as Zambians have now been suffocated by the PF regime that has curtailed their freedoms of assembly, free speech and general deterioration in people’s basic human rights.
“We are always at pains and wondering what legacy Mr. Sata and his PF regime wants to leave the people of Zambia in 2016. One would think that Mr. Sata at 72 or 77 years, whichever is correct as he keeps changing his years, would strive to leave a peaceful and united Zambia for future generations when his time comes as opposed to the current acrimony existing,” he said.
While thanking the BRE for the role they played in Mongu, Mr. Hichilema warned police officers and other law enforcement agencies in the country against carrying out unlawful instructions from dictatorial and evil PF politicians.
“There are no special shops for you police officers and other law enforcement agencies where you buy cheap things. We are all Zambians that should love one another. Even you police officers are feeling the same anguish and pinch in your homes that other fellow Zambians are going through. Don’t be excited when Mr. Sata calls you to execute unlawful instructions that are injurious to your families and other citizens because PF is a one term government,” Mr. Hichilema said.