22 October 2014
Fellow citizens, first and foremost, the United Party for National Development [UPND] recognises that the Jubilee Anniversary is an important national event that transcends political party affiliation. It is for all Zambians. This is an opportunity as citizens to spend some time and indulge in serious, deep national reflection. We shall commemorate but not celebrate this Jubilee.
Let me on behalf of UPND pay tribute to the gallant freedom fighters who sacrificed all to give birth to our independence. The late Godwin Mbikusita Lewanika, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, Kapasa Makasa, Nalumino Mundia, Lawrence Katilungu, Humphrey Mulemba, Mainza Chona, Mama Julia Chikamoneka, Munukayumbwa Sipalo and Dr. Peter Matoka, Solomon Kalulu, Mungoni Liso and many other gallant sons and daughters of mother Zambia, some alive like Mr. Grey Zulu, Samuel Mbilishi and Dr. Kenneth Kaunda. To these and others we owe our political freedom.
Special tribute is due to the leaders who have borne the burden of being Presidents of this great Republic. Our founding father, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, a distinguished freedom fighter, Frederick Chiluba a distinguished and fearless Trade Unionist, Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, a renowned lawyer , Rupiah B. Banda, a distinguished diplomat and now President Michael Chilufya Sata. Each of these in their own way have contributed to building the foundation upon which Zambia has stood in the past fifty (50) years.
16th October 2014
Water Blues Hit Wusakile and other Urban Centers
Reports of water blues in Kitwe's Wusakile township and other urban, that have led to protests this week are not new.
In one of my many visits to these areas, I personally experienced and was told moving testimonies by our mothers on the difficulties they go through due to water shortages. The water situation has reached a critical stage and wonder why we have not even declared it an emergency.
As for Wusakile township, that issue was heavily politicised by our competitors in the PF during last year's local government by-election when they told the electorates not to vote for our candidate because as an opposition civic leader, we would not deliver development such as addressing the water and sanitation problems in the area.
17th October 2014
The announcement by Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda that the wage freeze will be implemented even in 2015 was actually made during the presentation of the 2014 budget in parliament last year.
UPND, warned the Zambian people that the wage freeze would hurt most Zambian families especially that the PF had removed fuel and mealie meal subsidies. The subsidies were acting as a cushion to ameliorate the high cost of living.
The PF government and Mr. Chikwanda should not punish innocent Zambians for his reckless borrowing and myopic planning in national economic matters.