Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

21 February 2013

Zambia: Hichilema - I've Worked Hard for My Wealth

Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has told President Michael Sata that he has worked hard for his life since he was 25 years old.

Responding to President Michael Sata, who this week released his personal financial records and business investments in the country to the public, Hichilema says it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be wealthy.

He says he is proud of working hard and be considered among the wealthy businessmen in the country.

Hichilema told a campaign gathering in Mpongwe constituency that he did not need to be in government to successfully do business as demonstrated in his record which President Sata was releasing to the public for the second time in six months.

However, the financial expert says President Sata's act to publicly display his financial and investment records was an act of victimisation.

"Why is the President so scared about Hakainde? Why should he be castigating businesses that I have worked for ever since I was 25 years and now I am 50 years old, I have never worked in the government, this is an act of victimization," said Hichilema.

He told a gathering in Mpongwe, readying for the February 28 poll, that his party is committed to develop the area and Zambia as a whole.

"As I talk to you, some of you have not yet received top dressing fertilizer and your crops have gone to ruin. Namulambe was MMD MP and the PF called him a thief for stealing hammer-mills.

"They took him to court and now they are fielding a thief to stand on their ticket, what kind of reasoning is this?" Hichilema asked.

He was speaking at Munkumpu and St. Anthony areas.

Former Kankoyo PF parliamentarian Percy Chanda, who has joined UPND, described Hichilema as a progressive and concerned leader whom he said had abandoned his comfort in Lusaka to campaign with the grassroots while "other leaders have remained in Lusaka or are too ill to come to Mpongwe."

UPND is fielding Rabson Chilufya while the MMD candidate is Miniver Mutesa with Namulambe contesting the seat on the ruling PF ticket.

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