HH campaigns in Kasempa

By Staff Reporter

OPPOSITION United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema says sound economic development is key to emancipation of the people of Zambia.

When he paid a courtesy call on chief Kasempa of the Kaonde-speaking people on Wednesday, Hichilema said that a UPND government would concentrate on using the country’s natural resources to advance feasible national economic development.

Hichilema is in Kasempa Constituency, North-Western Province to rally support for his party’s candidate in this Thursday’s Nyenyauna ward by-election.

The Nyenyauna ward by-election in Kasempa Constituency was necessitated by the resignation of the UPND councillor, Eric Kikwama, who joined the ruling PF.

In Thursday’s election, two biological brothers would face-off; the UPND’s candidate is Kipayila Matolokoshi while the PF adopted Killan Matolokoshi, the former’s younger brother.

Hichilema told chief Kasempa at his palace that the UPND government would ensure that there was a “tip-top economy,” unlike “bribing elected officials.”

“Bantu bayanda mwane (people have suffered, your Highness) and until we achieve development in bunjimu (agriculture), education, employment creation we will continue working for our people. Your Royal Highness, we appreciate your leadership and we understand that Kasempa is rich. But our people are suffering here; minerals are there but our people are not benefiting – that’s what we want to change going forward,” Hichilema said.

Later in a statement, Hichilema emphasised that: “When in government, we will not get loans to buy or indeed bribe elected leaders to join us, instead we shall channel such resources to developing our country and eventually, right-minded people with a clear focus will follow us.”

“People power! Our power! Let’s exercise it and the time is now. This we told our brothers and sisters who received us at the palace of His Royal highness, senior chief Kasempa of the Kaonde-speaking people in North Western Province,” stated Hichilema.

“The key point of our discussion with His Royal highness was the need for a better Zambia whose economy is in tip-top shape through well thought-out agriculture, tourism and other economic supporting sectors. Ours is people power!”