Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has called on his party members in Lusaka and other parts of the country to ignore threat from the Patriotic Front (PF) cadres and their leaders and concentrate on mobilizing the membership if the party is to form government in 2016.
Speaking during the UPND fund raising dinner dance on Saturday evening at Golden Bridge Hotel, Mr Hichilema told Lusaka chairman Wendi Mulenga to concentrate on party mobilization in the district and that the provincial leadership should ignore the ruling party with its threats.
Mr Hichilema said there was need for the party to rescue Zambians from the ethos of PF bad leadership which had characterized the governance of the country in the last two and half years the ruling party had been in power.
“Let us spread the message of hope and liberation in our homes, in the church, schools and work places. And if we do that with civility, the people will see the difference between our party and the ruling party and we shall set Lusaka on fire as a lot of people will be willing to join and associate themselves with the UPND,” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Hichilema said all the members in the party must work hard by preaching the party manifesto everywhere and at any time.
“We have to preach our manifesto in Lusaka because the PF government does not have a manifesto. What they claim to be their manifesto is a plagiarized set of their developmental ambitions and that is why they have failed to meet any of the pledges they made. We have to rescue our mothers, children and all the voiceless in our communities from the fangs of misery and poverty they have been subjected to by the party that claimed was pro-poor,” Mr Hichilema said.
The UPND leader explained that it was befitting for him to speak for the people in 33 wards of Lusaka because under the PF government people were scared to speak for themselves for fear of victimization.
“Let us put fuel in our cars and drive to the 33 wards of Lusaka and tell Lusaka residents our message of political and economic emancipation. Many people are disappointed that Zambia had become a frightening place to live in because of the level of intolerance. But let us fear not because we have sacrificed our lives to speak for the majority voiceless citizens,” he said.
And Mrs Mulenga said that UPND had lined up many programmes in Lusaka aimed at fund raising resources for the party mobilization campaign.
Mrs Mulenga observed that Lusaka residents had seen the UPND as an alternative government for 2016 and that the party would not let Zambians down once given the opportunity to govern the country.
“We appeal to all the well-wishers to come on board and help UPND rescue Zambian from poor leadership and bad economic policies being pursued and implemented by the PF government. Most of the economic sectors are collapsing because the PF leadership has no idea how best to govern and change the economic direction of the country,” Mrs Mulenga said.
Mrs Mulenga said the party in Lusaka would next month host another fund raising braii in Kabwata Constituency at St Charles Luanga Parish because the opposition political party had embarked on a massive national recruitment exercise.