The PF Government has been very costly for the Zambian people, wasting huge amounts of money that should have gone to areas such as education, healthcare and water and sanitation, says UPND presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema.
Hichilema says not only is the PF busy filling their own pockets at the expense of the majority, but they are also increasing inequality, which undermines the country’s treasured peace and unity.
He said corruption is perhaps the biggest obstacle to eradicating poverty but that under PF ‘we have paid way over the odds for construction projects contracted behind closed doors’.
He said ‘the PF owes us an explanation as to why we are paying US$2million per kilometre of road, when in South Africa the same amount would pay for 5 kilometres. Any government serious about ending corruption must give the ACC full autonomy to investigate every government official, regardless of position or connections’.
‘If you look at how much PF has cost us to date you will see that the cost of another five years will be too much to bear. If we re-elect President Lungu then expect mealie meal prices to rise to K286, expect electricity tariffs to go up to K1.13 ngwee per kilowatt-hour, expect fertiliser to double in price again to K600 and expect thousands more job losses,’ Hichilema said.