THE UPND GOVERNMENT SHOULD ADDRESS THE ECONOMIC CHALLENGES
Mr. Hakainde Hichi- lema, the President elect was declared winner on Monday August 16, 2021. This follows the August 12, 2021 general election in which the United Party for National Develop- ment (UPND) emerged vic- torious.
Hichilema, the President elect garnered 2,810,757 votes, beating his closest ri- val, president Edgar Chagwa Lungu of the Patriotic Front (PF) who polled 1,814,201
votes. The United Party for National Development cam- paigned on the premise of revamping the country’s economy by ensuring that the prices of goods and ser- vices are reduced and the creation of employment op- portunities particularly for the youths.
The huge turnout on the polling day across the coun- try was a clear testimony that the electorate were geared for change of the Pa- triotic Front regime. On this score, let me hasten to state here that people are too ex-
pectant of the new govern- ment to deliver on its cam- paign promises.
Truth be told; the cost of living in Zambia is too high to cope with. High levels of unemployment is anoth- er challenge the country is grappling with. The tertiary learning institutions have been churning graduates in different professions every year. The unfortunate part is that there have been little or no job opportunities avail- able.
However, the future for many people is bleak be-
cause of high poverty levels and high unemployment levels. In view of this, there is need for the new govern- ment to address the many challenges the country is faced with. That said, I im- plore the new regime un- der the leadership of Mr. Hakainde Hichilema to ful- fill the ruling party’s man- date of revamping the eco- nomic fortunes of the coun- try through job creation as promised by UPND during the political campaigns.
ELEMIYA PHIRI Lusaka.