United party for national development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema has pledged not to betray the trust and confidence the people of Zambia that have entrusted in the UPND and the Real Change program.
Mr. Hichilema made his pledge after successfully filing in his nomination papers before chief Justice Ernest Sakala sitting as Presidential Returning Officer at the country%u2019s Supreme Court in Lusaka Monday afternoon.
The UPND Leader who arrived at the Supreme Court grounds amid songs of praise from thousands of party supporters drawn from across the country was accompanied by his wife Mutinta, his two Vice Presidents Richard Kapita and Francis Simenda, Party Secretary General Winston Chibwe and several other senior party officials was taken through the formalities by Electoral Commission of Zambia, ECZ officials led by Legal Counsel, Erick Kamwi.
Mr. Hichilema who swore on oath pledged to ensure that the UPND and its supporters abide and comply with all regulations and articles as enshrined in the electoral code of conduct, a declaration that was reaffirmed by party secretary General Winston Chibwe on oath.
And Addressing thousands of UPND loyalists,Hichilema said his party has managed to file in the nominations and thanked the people of Zambia for their trust and confidence in the real change team, pledging not to let them down as September 20th 2011 will go down memory lane as the day Zambians united in making a change for their and childrens lives.
He said the peoples confidence in the party will result into improved and affordable education, quality jobs while taxi drivers and marketeers are provided with empowerment soft loans as a way of changing their lives and is a passport to ensure that Zambians have decent lives.
He said 2011 is a year when Zambians will remember drastic reductions in the levels of unemployment especially among the youths which currently stands at more than 3.5 million and pledged to engage into professional fights against corruption while motivating the public sector with improved conditions of service which will consequently improve the country%u2019s service delivery.
Mr.Hichilema urged Zambians to use 2011 as a year when they would unite for economic and social development as they did in 1963 and 1991,saying it was time to ensure that people that have been running the countrys affairs since 1963 are retired in order for them to rest while he and his team drive the countrys development agenda.