The people of Zambia should not despair but have hope for the best government to come that will address the misery they have been subjected to by the Patriotic Front, opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has said.
In an interview, Mr. Hichilema said that misery, poverty and a broken nation has been what the PF government had rewarded the Zambian people for voting for them into government.
Mr. Hichilema said that he had warned Zambians that the PF was going to be the worst government ever and that his word had come to pass as the ruling party had failed in every aspect of political, economic and social governance.
“I am not shocked with what is happening in the country and what President Sata and his government is doing to the country’s economy. I for one saw all these things and that is why I kept on informing Zambians to prepare for the waste times,” said Mr. Hichilema.
He said that the worst is yet to come but assured the people of Zambia not to despair because a more responsive and responsible leadership would be voted into power in 2016 to address and clear the misery the PF had created in less than 3 years of being in office.
Mr. Hichilema observed that the PF overrated itself by suggesting that it would be able to change Zambia from being a poor country to a rich nation within three months or a year of being in government without looking at the major economic challenges which came with leadership change.
“The deficiencies in the PF outnumber the will to improve the welfare of many Zambians. There is too much anarchy in the country caused by those who wield power. Just look at the confusion in the ruling party and you expect that things will be better? No sane human or investor will ever bring in their money in an environment which is hostile towards foreign and local investments,” said Mr. Hichilema.
He said that it was a toll-order for the PF to stabilize in government adding that the uncertainty they had created for themselves in fighting their own institution or system had left nothing but a vacuum of leadership in the ruling party.
Mr. Hichilema warned that the increase of unemployment levels in the country among young people, high poverty levels in general coupled with underdevelopment and low life should have been a wakeup call for the PF exit.
“Since the PF formed government so many things have gone on wrong. The country has over borrowed above what the economy can pay back. The country has not put up means and ways to create an environment which will attract foreign companies to invest here. The leadership wrangles in the PF is also affecting the country’s economic growth. The PF is just politicking,” said Mr. Hichilema.
He said that the failure by government to streamline the effect of unemployment was dangerous to the growth of the country’s unity, peace and stability.
Mr. Hichilema said that the way people on the street voted the PF into power, would be the same way they would vote them out of power.
He said that the PF should stop the infighting and starts to evaluate themselves whether they have performed to the expectations of the people and to their own promises.