A time to celebrate and give thanks to all those who work tirelessly to make this nation great and provide for their families. As Martin Luther King Jr once said ‘No work is insignificant. All labour that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.’
As many of you will know, I personally hold the values of hard work and dedication very close to my heart and that is the widely shared vision in our UPND. It is only through these that true success is possible and that we can bring an end to poverty and inequality in our country.
Times are tough at the moment and we are in a situation today where many workers are not receiving sufficient reward for their labour, they fear for their jobs or in fact they cannot find work at all. This is impacting our youths in particular and we urgently need to tackle unemployment head on so that we do not let a whole generation down.
As President of the UPND, I am fully committed to empowering Zambians and this means creating an economic environment for more jobs, providing greater protection of workers rights, reforming education so it equips students with employable skills and business know-how.
We also wish to provide the right environment for entrepreneurs to flourish. This will be done by opening up access to credit, sponsoring training initiatives and cutting back red tape to start business. We will also ensure stable and predictable economic policies.
Today we thank all those that work hard to provide us with our food, water, power, roads, healthcare and education and so much more. However, we should also recognise that we deserve better and we can do better with the right government and the right leadership.
God bless you all.
President of the UPND