WE HAVE THE RIGHT LEADERSHIP DESPITE EXTERNAL SHOCKS

With just a few months in office, President Hakainde Hichilema has proven that he has the passion to change Zambia for the better. The New Dawn government has so far placed the people of Zambia at the center of national development.

It is beyond dispute that the fuel situation has been a huge bump in the road for a President who is in a hurry to turn around the fortunes of this country but every well-meaning citizen at this point believes that Hakainde Hichilema means well for the country. Just after winning the elections, President Hichilema moved into full swing to end political violence by protecting even those who persecuted him and the UPND. That was enough proof that he has the well-being of every citizen at heart.

Free education, recruitment of health workers and teachers, payment of retirees, proposed introduction of pre-retirement partial withdrawal of benefits, release of the increased Constituency Development fund (CDF) and many other numerous progressive policies he has so far implemented is clear testimony that we have a leadership that has a heart for the people. For the first time in the history of this country, we are seeing unprecedented people-centered development. This is not a leadership that can deliberately increase fuel to hurt its own people.

The New Dawn Government loves the people of Zambia but it is not immune to external factors such the conflict in Ukraine and the debt crisis. The nation is still grappling with years of mismanagement and plunder of national resources and the citizens have high expectations from the new government but there’s no doubt in our minds that better days are ahead.

Tough times never last. We have overcome rough and tough times before and we shall surely overcome the current challenges. We are just from overcoming the global challenge of covid-19 and most definitely the challenges of fuel caused by the war in Ukraine will be a thing of the past very soon. We must never allow temporary setbacks to dumpen our morale as nation. Our government needs support to overcome the current challenges and we the youth of UPND pledge our continued support to President Hichilema and the New Dawn government.

Our appeal to government is that let us find an opportunity in the crisis of fuel. Let us find an opportunity to invest in alternative clean and green energy sources. We need to reduce over dependency on products we do not produce. We believe our country is endowed with natural resources and great minds that can help produce alternative energy.

Zambia is headed for greatness and the almighty God will see us through. This too shall pass!!

David Chikwanda

Deputy national youth information and publicity secretary – UPND.

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