HH pledges lean govt, no by-elections

ZAMBIANS are seeing the last of induced parliamentary by-elections and a bloated government that has over the last three years seen the country misdirect huge financial resources to activities that have left most of the country’s citizens in abject poverty, United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has said.

In his message thanking the people of Luapula, Northern and Muchinga provinces for accepting him and the UPND as the only hope for the social and economic development of the country, Mr Hichilema said the UPND would move to stop the unnecessary by-elections that were mainly induced by the Patriotic Front (PF) to gain the arrogance of numbers in the last three years.

Mr Hichilema said as an aspirant for the presidency of Zambia, he had committed himself to forming a lean Cabinet that would see the number of government ministers drastically reduced from the current 73 ministers including their deputies.

He said the UPND in government would ensure that personnel in the civil service and parastatals were appointed on merit and professionalism, charging that the current Government had promoted nepotism and tribalism without restraint. Mr Hichilema said in a statement that his campaign team would continue preaching the messages of good governance, equality, prudence and the running of an effective but lean government so that the much needed revenue could be freed and channeled to other vital socio-economic needs.

He said his tour of Northern, Luapula and Muchinga provinces last week had revealed that there was potential in every part of the country despite that citizens were struggling with high cost of living and limited unemployment opportunities.

Mr Hichilema said Zambians needed to unite and work together in order to deliver real and lasting change that would lift Zambians from the shackles of poverty.