What good is economic growth if the majority of our people never see the benefit? It is the responsibility of a government to ensure that the benefits of growth are shared. Each and every citizen must be given the opportunity to participate in the economy and improve his or her situation in life.
The gap between the rich and the poor in Zambia today is too wide. Action must be taken to close that gap. That is why the UPND’s 10 Point Plan has a big focus on reducing inequality.
We will tackle inequality by supporting the vulnerable and disadvantaged that struggle to find jobs and access services such as education and healthcare.
We will support youths through training initiatives and working with employers to open up apprenticeships and skills transfer opportunities.
We will ensure access to education is equal for the girl and boy child, tackling issues that mean girl child school attendance remains lower, such as child marriage, teenage pregnancies and expensive fees.
We will lower food prices by increasing the productivity of our farmers.
These are just some of the things we will do. To those who ask why previous governments have failed to eradicate poverty, we say it is because of a lack of political will and corruption. Corruption sees a huge percentage of our country’s wealth end up in the pockets of a few but there will be no sacred cows in the UPND government. Zambia’s resources are for Zambians, not a few select individuals.