UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has appealed for peace and unity in the country ahead of the August 11 elections and that he would continue to call for justice and prayer.
Speaking at a rally in Chawama, Mr Hichilema advised his supporters to desist from any acts of violence, to be prayerful and to campaign peacefully.
“Peace and unity is our appeal. As a party, we are proud to embrace the diversity within our membership, but there is more that unites than divides us, as a nation. We continue to grow the UPND family and remind people that there is no upper limit on membership. Every Zambian has something to contribute to the development of our nation,” he said. Mr Hichilema disclosed that he had a plan to protect the vote on 11th August, but that he was calling for massive turnout in the elections so as to ensure a first round victory.
Mr Hichilema charged that the PF were getting scared because they could feel the winds of change blowing across the country. He said that the PF had destroyed the economy and that the cost of President Edgar Lungu’s government was high for the Zambian people. “The PF is getting scared because they can feel the winds of change blowing across the country. They have broken down the economy,” said Mr Hichilema.