“I don’t need to campaign, I will win next year’s election because the PF has de-campaigned itself, it has disappointed the people of Zambia because of high poverty levels,” says UPND president Hakainde Hichilema.
In an interview with the Daily Nation Mr. Hichilema said come next year’s tripartite elections, the PF and President Edgar Lungu would be easy to beat because the people of Zambia were angry and bitter with the high levels of poverty among other things.
He said he would win next year’s election because his message of wealth creation and job provision unemployed Zambians had reached their hearts after seeing how the PF had failed to provide.
“We are a clear alternative political organisation to the PF and we shall provide what we have promised the people of Zambia unlike our friends’ in the PF whose interest is to eat and put more money in their pockets without looking at the needs of the nation first,” Mr. Hichilema said.
He said his hope to become President of Zambia was clear, given the current challenges in the country.
Mr Hichilema said it was a known fact that the PF would not be able to resolve the current economic and social challenges the country was experiencing.
He said the high cost of living, failure to deal with the energy deficit, the volatility of the kwacha; high fertilizer and fuel prices were some of the things which would haunt the ruling party in 2016.
“Most people have confessed that they made a mistake to vote for the PF during the 20th January elections. They have agreed with our earlier warning about the PF’s failures,” Mr Hichilema said.
He said most Zambians were living in abject poverty not because the nation was a poor country but because their leaders were unable to provide solutions and offer hope for the future of the country.
Mr. Hichilema said it was important that next year a new government with the capacity to offer new dimension of doing things in responding to the challenges the nation was facing was voted into power.
“We shall ensure that we diversify the economy and not what the PF government is doing or talking about. Let me win next year’s election and be made President of this country, ours is to provide service to the people of Zambia,” he said.
Mr. Hichilema said if Zambians decided to vote back the PF next year, they should expect the worst in the history of the country.
He said it was time the people of Zambia did something right if they wanted to live decent lives.
“It’s not about me being President but the people of Zambia giving us that great opportunity to play a different ball game in their lives to bring change and I am not talking about just mere change but economic and social change which the PF has failed to make. Life under the PF has been miserable I know even people in the PF are able to feel it,” he said.