Hichilema calls for Referendum boycott


UPND presidential candidate in the August 11 general elections Hakainde Hichilema has called on Zambians to shun the referendum because according to him, it will be a waste of time and resources.

Addressing a rally at Michael Grounds in Siavonga District on Saturday, Mr Hichilema told his supporters to ignore those who were coercing them to take part in the referendum because it had no use and was a waste of time.

‘’Listen very careful, after casting your vote on 11th August, please go home and rest. Do not waste your time in taking part in the PF referendum because it is a waste of time and resources’’. Mr Hichilema said.

Mr Hichilema said Zambians were tired of the PF which he claimed had run out of ideas on how to run the country adding that he was confident that his party would win the coming elections by more than 60% vote.

Mr Hichilema said the people of Zambia had suffered a lot under the leadership of PF and that it was now time for the people to usher in a UPND leadership, which had plans on how to run the affairs of the country for the benefit of the people.

The opposition leader said his first task as President of Zambia would be to improve the agriculture and tourism sectors by reducing the cost of doing business and providing soft loans to Small Scale and Medium enterprises.

And hundreds of worshipers at Kariba Seventh Day Adventist church in Siavonga district yesterday complained and accused some of their church elders of playing to the political gallery against the church doctrines.

This was after the church leadership delayed the Main Service worship to afternoon in order to accommodate Mr Hichilema who was scheduled to address a political rally at Michael Grounds.

“We have been made to wait for the main service the whole morning. This is now afternoon and the service has not yet started just because of one person.  I am very disappointed with whoever is behind this. Why should we as a church align ourselves to politics” one church goer was heard complaining.

However Hachilema and his entourage did not pitch up for the service much to the disappointment of the church elders who had wanted the opposition leader to attend the Church service.