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UPND: 20 years together and still going strong – HH

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HH speaking during the event

Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema (HH) says the party in 20 years has continued to grow from strength to strength.

In his tribute message to members marking 20 years of existence, HH also thanks Founding president Anderson Kambela Mazoka who says must be happy that the party has stood together in the midst of storms to destroy it.

Below is Hichilema’s message:

Guests at the event. Photos by Brian Mwiinga

THANK YOU ALL, 20 YEARS TOGETHER AND STILL GOING STRONG  – HH.

UPND President Hakainde Hichilema writes below….

Thank you all.

We are grateful for the continued support to the United Party for National Development (UPND) since its establishment.

HH with Archbishop Mpundu before the evemt

And thank you to the Church for their continued support for a better Zambia for all.

To his Grace, Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu, we say thank you for your counsel on various issues you gave us during our party’s 20th anniversary fundraising dinner yesterday.

Special thanks to fellow political leaders who joined us last evening, among them President Mike Mulongoti, President Elias Chipimo, President Sean Tembo and Fresher Siwale. We also extend our gratitude to those who did not make it due to various reasons. 

To the UPND members, supporters and sympathisers we say thank you for your continued support.

File: HH waves at Supporters as he is driven to prison during his treason case

Since its establishment 20 years ago, UPND has withstood various storms among them possible extinction. However, due to the nation’s faith in us, the party continues to thrive and this we owe to you, our people and the nation at large.

HH addressing a rally

We have gone from a party getting 29 votes in Kaputa of Northern province to now getting over 30, 000 votes and having 4 councillors in the same constituency is not a mean achievement.

From getting about 20% of total presidential votes to now 48% at the same level even amidst fraud and electoral malfeasance. This goes to show that our party, your party UPND is going forward and this is due to your hard work.

The vision and mission of this party is to never look backward but always move forward in unity and development.

Over the years, this party has continued to grow from strength to strength and together with the nation fighting divisive elements.

This is why we insist there is more that unites than what divides us as people of this great nation.

Like we said when we were elected for the first time to the presidency of this party, we do not seek public office to plunder government resources but to offer service to the nation and this is why we say Zambia and Zambians first.

Mazoka greets a motorist

This was the desire of our party’s founding father, late Anderson Kambela Mazoka, whom we always thank for creating this platform for the people of Zambia as a unitary base for national development.

Anderson Mazoka showing election results to the press in 2002. He claimed his victory had been robbed by the ruling party

Thank you Andy, how happy you must be to see this party grow from strength to strength and unite the people while placing development for all as a priority.

Ladies and gentlemen, we wish to remind you that we have a great country that we must protect from any divisive elements. This is the only place we all call home, we have no other place to call home as Zambians. Therefore, let’s work together, unite under the umbrella of the UPND and move our country forward.

And thank you for your continued support for this party which does not belong to us but belongs to the nation as a unifying platform for national development.

To our late party founding President Anderson Kambela Mazoka and other leaders now passed away, we say may you continue to rest in peace and ours is to take over the baton and continue where you left.

People power! Our power! Our land!

And may God bless our Country.

Hakainde Hichilema
UPND President.

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