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MMD MPs, Leaders in Eastern province join HH’s campaign

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Petauke residents welcomes HH

Petauke residents welcomes HH

HH addressing a rally in Petauke

HH addressing a rally in Petauke

Part of the crowd at HH's Petauke rally

Part of the crowd at HH’s Petauke rally

On Friday, December 26, 2014, UPND presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema returned to Eastern Province to continue his campaign there, starting off in Nyimba, before moving on to Petauke and then Katete

Amongst those who joined the campaign were former Minister of Justice Sebastian Zulu, MMD Mkaika MP Peter Phiri, MMD Sinda MP Levy Ngoma, MMD Provincial Chairperson Alexander Miti, and MMD Chairlady Martha Mulenga.

During his visit to Eastern Province Mr Hichilema again called for the proper support of farmers across the country, which he described as essential for unlocking Zambia’s potential. He said government must stick to the promises it makes to farmers and invest in agriculture properly.

He pledged that if elected his government will pay farmers what they are owed, reduce the cost of inputs such as fertiliser and seed, and invest in agriculture for improved productivity and diversification.

Mr Hichilema noted that despite the considerable potential for agriculture the percentage of GDP spent on it has reduced from 7.2% to 5.8% between 2008 and 2013, while government salaries have only increased. He said this was unacceptable and showed that government has not had its priorities right, which was why the country is not developing as it should be.

And MMD Eastern Province Chairperson Alexander Miti said all the structures in the province will be campaigning for the UPND President Hakainde Hichilema.

Mr. Miti called on UPND officials to make sure their MMD counter-parts were not treated like orphans but should be welcomed as they do joint campaigns.

And Mr. Hichilema with his entourage that included UPND vice-president Dr. Canisius Banda also paid courtesy calls on traditional leaders in the province.

Today the campaign moves on to Chadiza and Chipata.

 

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