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Realise the Dream of a Better Zambia through Real Change Our United Party for National Development (UPND) team will work tirelessly to realise the dream of a prosperous Zambia anchored on mutual understanding, love and national unity for speedy economic and social development, with a targeted economic growth rate of ten per cent (10%) per year. This will be achieved through running a mixed economy, particularly promoting increased but properly structured private/public local and foreign investments in sectors such as agriculture, mining, construction, energy, tourism, manufacturing, infrastructure, telecommunications, pensions, insurance, financial and other services many of which have in the past decades been neglected. Among measures necessary for the achievement of high but sustainable growth, would be maintenance of macro economic stability (lower inflation, lower interest and stable exchange rates). The UPND believes that as a country we should realise that we cannot share poverty. The only sustainable way of helping the vulnerable and weak members of our society is through strong economic growth supported by effective social programmes. 2 We will take positive and clear steps to move Zambia forward into a middle income country, with equitable distribution of wealth among our citizens in all parts of the country so as to achieve overall poverty reduction, within a decade. The UPND believes that politics is serious business and not a game as some people would like to treat it. The country now than ever before needs visionary leadership and economic management skills for development and social progress, as we are mainly not in a military or legal but rather economic war situation. 2.1The hallmark of our approach would be good planning and prudent management (economic, efficient and effective utilisation of public including donor resources) supported by a vigorous but professional fight against corruption. Economic, business and social projects/programmes will be negotiated/structured within an average period of six (6) months and not thirty-six (36) months or more as is the case currently. 2.2 Further, the UPND shall: (a) place emphasis on improving Zambia’s business climate to promote private and public investments for growth; (b) work with business to promote raw material processing and regional and international trade with particular emphasis on increasing Zambian exports in order to support the achievement of the intended economic growth objectives. As a consequence, Government shall provide market access support to enable businesses to exploit regional and other international trade opportunities; (c) aggressively and tirelessly work to redress various constraints to business development and social progress. This shall include cutting to minimum the current excessive bureaucracy in various Government/public institutions, set minimum delivery standards for efficiency such as licence or permit issuance within a set time frame, foster attitude change among staff to facilitation rather than hindrance, promote the concept of partnership and not competition with the private, church, community and social players: (d) run an open Government that will view, treat, take advise from and work with the private, professional, church, community, non governmental organisations 1
(NGOs) and other social sectors in areas of policy, legal, regulatory, programme implementation, etc. as true partners in development; (e) ensure that all agreed or approved projects and programmes are implemented rigorously in an efficient, effective and timely manner; (f) ensure that Government retains particular oversight and involvement (where necessary in partnership with the private/public sectors) in resources/assets such as energy-uranium, electricity, oil and gas for strategic and revenue for developmental reasons; (g) provide clear and effective guidelines for domestic and external debt contraction, utilisation and control in order to practice what may be termed as ‘responsible borrowing’. We will therefore re-align any necessary borrowing from consumption orientation to investment and other productive activities in order to enhance the country’s capacity to pay back loans. 2.3 As part of our efforts to remove vindictiveness, pettiness, negative behaviour and wastefulness in our society we shall take a building block approach to running the country. Keep the good aspects from previous Governments, fix only those that are broken and introduce reasoned and tested measures necessary to drive high performance in the economy and country. 3 We need to realise our shared dream as a people with respect to many aspects such as: 3.1 Enhancing constitutionalism, democracy, separation of powers, independent electoral commission, gender equality, various freedoms, rights, responsibilities and obligations like those relating to information, property ownership, human, economic, social and community welfare. The judicial and parliamentary systems shall be reformed to make them independent so that they can deliver fair/timely justice and appropriate legislation to the people. 3.2 Food affordable to all through improved agriculture: 3.2.1 provide subsidised fertilizer and seed to the vulnerable. Identification or confirmation of the vulnerable would utilise existing information held by relevant departments and through consultations with the church, traditional and other local community leaders; 3.2.2 provide affordable and readily available agricultural loans to farmers; 3.2.3 promote efficient crop, livestock and fish production through improved farming methods and technology for increased yields, improved incomes to farmers, sustainable farming, food security for the country, better nutrition to the population and export to food deficit countries; 3.2.4 overall, improve agricultural and scientific research stations and the veterinary services’ delivery capability (organisation, facilities, drugs, staffing, training/retraining and research and development). Conditions of service including salaries, housing, etc. for agricultural workers should be improved. 3.2.5 effectively control livestock and fish diseases, provide community dip tanks, carryout livestock and fish restocking in relevant areas; 3.2.6 specifically, provide extension services (crop, veterinary and forestry officers) in rural and farming communities; 3.2.7 invest more in the meteorological services so as to improve accuracy of weather forecasting essential for agricultural planning and management, disaster preparedness and general public use. 3.2.8 improve forestry management for sustainable utilisation, control of
deforestation and soil erosion; 3.2.9 invest in planting and replanting of both indigenous and exotic trees. Further support will be provided to bee keeping, harvesting and processing of honey for domestic consumption and export; 3.2.10 promote effective water development and conservation through efficient utilisation of current water resources, construction of more boreholes, canals, pipelines, dams and weirs to support crop irrigation schemes, livestock production, fish farming and transportation of goods and passengers; 3.2.11 provide ready and efficient market (rehabilitate existing depots/storage facilities, establish and build more of these closer to farmers) for produce and inputs distribution; 3.2.12 provide good viable producer prices; 3.2.13 ensure early payment to farmers for their produce and timely distribution of farming inputs; 3.2.14 promote agro processing industries to create more jobs for citizens; 3.2.15 ultimately, we would develop agriculture to a level that enables Zambian families including the poor to be able to afford three decent meals everyday. 3.3 Good roads, railways, waterways, airways, bridges, electrification, telecommunication, other rural and urban infrastructure in order to open up these areas to development especially in industry, agriculture, tourism, commerce and other economic activities. It is often said that where a good road goes development follows. 3.4 Education for all through: 3.4.1 free, appropriate, good quality and non discriminatory education from primary school up to college and university level alongside private education facilities for those who are able to pay. Both public and private education institutions shall be governed by common minimum standards. The teaching of skills such as agriculture, brick laying, plumbing, mechanics, welding, carpentry, electrical and other trades shall be promoted to support formal and self employment; 3.4.2 improved education facilities close to the people (rural areas, compounds and other urban places); 3.4.3 easy access to school, college and university places including adult literacy through expanded facilities and programmes (rehabilitation and building of more schools and colleges supported by improved technical and research capabilities); 3.4.4 special education facilities to the differently abled or disabled; 3.4.5 better pay, housing, training, retraining and other conditions of service to teachers, lecturers and other education staff; 3.5 Health for all through: 3.5.1 free quality medical care for the poor alongside private medical facilities for those who can afford to pay. Emphasis will be placed on providing health care for maternity, children, differently abled or disabled and the aged; 3.5.2 improved and modern medical facilities (rehabilitation and building of more clinics and hospitals supported by good technical, research and development capabilities) close to the people. This would include having suitable clinics in busy places such as markets, main bus stops, large schools, compounds, other residential and rural areas. In particular, there is need to ensure that high quality medical facilities are available to all citizens within Zambia in order to minimise the need to evacuate patients who are
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critically ill as is the case now where only the favoured few benefit; readily available and safe medicines in clinics and hospitals and not the current habit of only giving prescriptions to those seeking medical care; a vigorous fight against Malaria and HIV/AIDS, in particular, improved management and increased funding for prevention, treatment and care; improved but affordable medical schemes and insurance; better pay, housing, training, retraining and other conditions of service for nurses, clinical officers, doctors and other health workers. Improved land management and delivery system. Land belongs to Zambians. Zambians including those who live outside the country should have access to their land to build houses, factories and industries on, grow food and for other productive use such as security for loan financing. The Ministry of Lands should, in consultation with traditional rulers, avail more land on title, facilitate and not hinder citizens from accessing and owning land while ensuring that rural communities are left with enough land to meet their needs. Better land use planning (master and specific use plans including roads and bridges), quick processing (approval or rejection) of applications, adequate monitoring and control of plan implementation. Better and sustainable labour and investment relations by fostering a genuine tripartite partnership involving: (a) workers (labour); (b) employers (investment) and; (c) Government. This would be achieved, among others, through modern, fairly balanced but reasonably stable labour and investment policies, laws, procedures, processes and practices. Overall, the main objective would be to achieve a balance between protecting workers’ rights and promoting investment while workers, investors and Government meet their respective obligations to each other and society at large. Practices such as casualisation shall be discouraged. Employment for all. Create more jobs through the planned increase in economic and social activities. Zambians including the youth, women and differently abled or disabled shall be accorded priority for employment in all companies on a principle of equal pay for equal work. This measure is expected to encourage employment of more Zambians in addition to attracting some of those living outside the country to return home. At the same time, Zambia shall welcome and grant work and other relevant permits to individual and corporate citizens of the World who have specialist skills or bring into the country substantial investment to support success of an operation, job creation and sustenance for Zambians. Depoliticise the public service, bring back professionalism in the service and strengthen public institutions for improved delivery. Zambians from all parts of the country including those abroad should have access to employment and promotion to higher levels in the service without discrimination. Improved salary and conditions of service to all public service workers including men and women in uniform and council employees so that these workers are able to acquire their own houses, cars and other assets through affordable loan schemes. In return, the workers should improve productivity and service delivery to the public. Fair and balanced corporate and lower personal taxes so that Zambians can have more money to spend on basic necessities in addition to promoting the
savings and investment culture among our citizens. For example, the tax free income band will be increased to a level above the food basket cost for an average household of six (6) people. The tax system shall be structured in a manner that will strike a balance between the need for sufficient public revenue generation and promoting/sustaining investments. 3.13 Adequate and sustainable pension schemes/arrangements for council, public (including those in uniform) and private sector workers. Such pensions should cover all types of workers including professionals, lower levels such as drivers, cleaners, artisans, domestic, general and other workers. 3.14 Salary and retirement benefits to public (including those in uniform), council and other workers should be paid on time. 3.15 Social support schemes to the old, orphaned children, differently abled or disabled and other vulnerable citizens. 3.16 Clean water supply for all (more boreholes and suitable water supply systems closer to the people). 3.17 Sanitation of good quality for all. For example: markets, working places, compounds and other residential areas should be kept clean, have proper drainage, reliable water supply and working toilets. 3.18 Housing appropriate for all through suitable but affordable housing schemes. 3.19 Upgrading of shanty compounds to acceptable standards. 3.20 Affordable communication by lowering the cost of telephones and other communication facilities. 3.21 Priority access to trading places in markets will be accorded to Zambians including ownership of some markets by citizens through marketeers’ associations. 3.22 Cheaper business loan schemes for the youth, women, differently abled or disabled and other Zambian individuals and businesses in order to promote self employment and entrepreneurship development among our citizens. For example, assist taxi and bus drivers to buy their own taxis and buses through a loan scheme. 3.23 Preferential treatment (through legal, regulatory and other measures) to Zambians and Zambian companies in award of service and supply contracts in all companies. 3.24 We will not demonise but work closely with Zambians living abroad, assist them to invest in Zambia and tap their network of contacts so as to increase investment flows into the country. Zambians living in other countries shall be treated as our ambassadors. 3.25 Appropriate taxation of all mining and other extractive industries in order to to benefit both Zambians and investors. Re-align the effective tax regime in the mining sector to internationally comparable and relevant levels in particular mineral royalty, corporate tax etc. while paying particular attention to the need for continued commercial viability and sustainability of mine operations. This, together with the targeted economic growth and other revenue measures, would help generate the necessary revenue to finance the intended and responsible investments in various areas including the social sectors of education, health, clean water supply, sanitation, infrastructure, etc. 3.26 Support Zambians through deliberate Government measures to own shares and businesses in mining and other companies in their own right or through joint ventures with foreign capital providers.
3.27 The precious and semi-precious mining sub-sector (emeralds, etc) will be restructured in terms of mining, processing and marketing so that it can add meaningful value and income to the Zambian economy including creating more jobs for citizens and those who live and pay taxes in Zambia. There is need to emulate countries such as Botswana which have done well with their resources such as diamonds. 3.28 Issuance of new artisan, small and large scale reconnaissance, prospecting and mining licenses shall favour Zambian individuals and entities. Foreigners and foreign companies will participate in these new job creating mining operations by providing capital and technical skills through joint ventures with Zambians and the Zambian Government. This is expected to create a sense of common interest and mutual benefit arising from mining activities between Zambians and foreign capital providers. 3.29 In addition, mining and other extractive industries would be required to : 3.29.1 resolve and where necessary pay any outstanding pension and entrenchment monies which they are responsible for; 3.29.2 going forward, provide appropriate and sustainable retrenchment and pension arrangements to miners and pay such pensions and retrenchment monies on time when they fall due; 3.29.3 provide one or more of : free carry shares, profit share, yearly grant funds to local communities where the mines are located. This could be achieved through Community Development Trusts (CDTs) for community development and social expenditure and reinvestment in other ventures; 3.29.4 employ Zambians and pay them fairly and only employ expatriates where it is absolutely necessary as we recognise the fact that every country needs some specialist skills from other countries; 3.29.5 invest in more mineral processing facilities and manufacture of final products in order to add value and create more jobs; 3.29.6 provide scholarships, training and education support to Zambians. In effecting this measure, favour should be accorded to the vulnerable and orphaned miners’ and ex miners’ children; 3.29.7 pay bonuses to miners in line with performance. This used to be called Copper Bonus; 3.29.8 improve safety standards in the mining sector; 3.29.9 implement sound and internationally acceptable environmental management programmes with strict supervision from relevant Government departments to ensure compliance; 3.29.10 invest in and sponsor sports so that Zambia can return to and even surpass our country’s past glory in sports; 3.29.11 invest (directly or in partnership with specialist service providers) in health (clinics and hospitals) and public health and hygiene in mine areas; 3.29.12 deliberately favour and give Zambians and Zambian companies service and supply contracts in order to increase benefits from mining that accrue to the economy . Where training and other support is required for this measure to be achieved, it should be provided. In return, Zambians and Zambian companies should perform/deliver on such contracts in a professional and efficient manner. 3.30 Resolve the energy crisis in order to minimise electricity outages or cuts to Zambian homes, schools, colleges, industries, mines, farming enterprises and other areas. This would be achieved through :
3.30.1 Improved planning and management; 3.30.2 Adequate maintenance of generation, transmission and distribution assets; 3.30.3 Increased investment in new hydro power stations (small and large) given the great generating potential our country has. This is necessary so as to meet domestic demand and the huge export opportunity. 3.30.4 In order to promote competition, efficiency, fairness and increase in supply, we will encourage more private and public investments in the improvement of existing and development of new hydro power stations (generation), transmission and distribution assets, ensure that customers are charged fair tariffs, and that they only pay for the electricity used. 3.30.5 Further, we will promote solar, wind and other environmentally acceptable energy sources. 3.31 Implement a well designed and focused decentralisation programme in collaboration with traditional leaders (chiefs and headpersons), local authorities, ministries, church and NGOs in order to empower local communities, stem ruralurban migration and enhance local governance by taking development closer to the people so as to fight poverty. At the same time: 3.31.1 Invest in capacity building in these local administrations and private sector service providers to enhance delivery capability; 3.31.2 Allocate sufficient development resources to provinces, districts, constituencies and wards in order to encourage local economic expansion, create jobs in addition to enhancing revenue generation at these levels. Increase the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to more than K4 billion per constituency. Youth and Women Development funds should also be increased, accessed easily without discrimination and managed better. Ward Councillors’ are doing a lot of developmental work at the grassroots level. Currently, their pay is too low and should be improved to enable them to even do more work with the citizens. In addition, Councillors should also be paid gratuity at the end of their term as is the case with Members of Parliament (MPs). 3.31.3 Further, every district of Zambia, where necessary, should have a water drilling machine, bull dozer and grader for drilling clean water boreholes, building dams, maintaining existing and building new roads; 3.31.4 Consult and consequently work closely as partners with all traditional leaders (chiefs and headpersons) in the development process and provide them with: (i) better housing/palaces and lighting (chiefs); (ii) higher allowances (chiefs); (iii) clean water supply through boreholes (all); (iv) transport ownership (free new motor vehicles for all chiefs and bicycles for all headpersons); (v) better rural roads. 3.31.5 Replace the current narrow Chief’s Act with a Royal Establishment Act (REA) in order to broaden coverage to the whole royal establishment’s development programmes and activities including traditional ceremonies. 3.32 Improve town (urban) and country planning and capacity for implementation, monitoring and control. There is need to promote beauty, orderliness, appropriateness, standards, functionality and futuristic considerations in our village, farming, residential, commercial and industrial developments. For example, councils and the Ministry of Lands would be required to provide the
public with well planned and serviced plots unlike the current chaotic situation. 3.33 Arrange for Zambian cities, towns and provinces to have sister agreements with other developed establishments in foreign countries, commonly known as twinning, in order to enhance visionary thinking, appreciation for good, organised and expeditious development of various areas in our country. 3.34 Maximum use of information and other appropriate technology in the development process. For example, more rural areas should have access to facilities such as electricity, internet and telephones. 3.35 Clean and sustainable environment. Institute clear measures to reduce carbon emissions or green house gases in order to halt global warming and the current adverse changes in weather patterns that consequently affect food production. 3.36 Clear foreign policy which acknowledges that the World has become a global village. The policy will focus on achieving mutual respect, non interference in the internal affairs of other countries. We would, however, take active interest in areas of common interest such as peace, development, democracy, social, cultural, political and beneficial economic cooperation with neighbours, African and other states. We would strategically exploit for economic and social gain relationships arising from Zambia’s contribution to the liberation struggle in the Southern Africa region. Will actively participate through quality and purposeful interaction in the affairs of regional (African Union) and other World bodies such as the United Nations. Need for a Solution 4 For too long, we have been living with the problem or paradox of a potentially rich country on one hand and extremely poor citizens (70%) on the other. 5 We need to solve this problem, but then why are we not doing so ? 6 The missing link is knowledge and quality based leadership in the management of our country’s public resources and affairs. 7 This resourceful, prudent and quality leadership should not be viewed from the point of view of tribe or ethnicity but rather capability. We are all children of God and should co-exist, love and accommodate each other. Unity of Purpose 8 In the past Zambians have always achieved unity of purpose: (a) In the 1950s and early 1960s Zambians of all tribes and ethnicity united to deliver political independence. (b) In the early 1990s Zambians of all tribes and ethnicity united to deliver multipartism. (c) Going forward, we need to unite to deliver economic and social independence to our people. This is the theme around which the people of Zambia should rally and not political rhetoric or unproductive noise making. Team to Realise the Dream 9 Hakainde Hichilema (HH) and the UPND Team from the nine (9) Provinces are ready to drive Zambia forward on the road to real economic and social development to benefit all citizens. We are carrying on with the journey started by our first President Anderson Kambela Mazoka and other right thinking Zambian forebearers. 10 The UPND Team represents real change, is service oriented, committed, and possess the required knowledge and skills to deliver on our Dream. 11 We wish to re-establish the culture of hard work and not handouts in order for us to achieve meaningful development in our country. Food relief and other support should be available to the vulnerable and during times of crisis and disaster.
12 As citizens we should agree that the “nichekeleko” or corruption mentality is costly, destructive, unwanted and should be detested. 13 We wish to promote strong family and Godly values as the foundation of our society. We believe that our God fearing leadership will restore Zambia’s lost moral fibre. 14 The UPND Team , working with other Zambians and friends, has what it takes to drive Zambia forward so we can realise our national Dream of an economically and socially prosperous Zambia in which all our citizens from various backgrounds shall, without discrimination, have opportunities to realise their potential. 15 The UPND leadership focus is to reconcile and unite our polarised nation, keep our eyes on the ball especially on issues of development and move the country away from politics of anger, hatred, division, revenge, insults, ethnicity, racism, marginalisation, vindictiveness and low levels of performance. We shall instead drive the country into politics of love, development, tolerance, quality and timely delivery, harmony, inclusiveness, team work, mutual respect, equity, firmness and fairness. 16 Past Presidents and other leaders should be well looked after in retirement, made to feel safe to continue living in the country, respected and utilised as advisors to those serving in subsequent Governments. 17 There is need to revive the sense of nationalism, pride and unity among our citizens. We should rekindle and truly believe in One Zambia One Nation, One Nation One People. 18 We cannot delay realisation of this Dream any longer as the suffering of our people is too much and unbearable. We cannot continue voting in the same people and expect different results. Time has come to pass the leadership torch to the new generation who will in turn look after our elders because you have prepared us well. 19 Let us as a country unite once more through the UPND, the Party for national development, to deliver a better Zambia for all our people. Need to Vote Wisely 20 Vote HH for President. 21 Vote for the UPND Councillors and Members of Parliament (MPs) in all our nine (9) Provinces. 22 Voting for HH and the UPND Team will bring about real change and is a wise and good way of using the power and weapon in your hands, the vote, to deliver the Dream for Zambia’s timely, speedy and true economic and social development for all. Our detailed Manifesto is available. Should you have any comments/suggestions please contact Hon. Charles Kakoma (Chairman, Information & Publicity) on 0977780397/Dr. Choolwe Beyani (Director, Research) on 0977-793166 or UPND Secretariat at the above address.
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