UNIP Manifesto 2001 Zambia
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UNITED NATIONAL INDEPENDENT PARTY (from the Original document)
UNIP MANIFESTO 2001
LUSAKA NOVEMBER 2000
1. Message From the President
This manifesto is UNIP’s vision for Zambia in the new millennium. It is about our future, the future of our children and that of our families. This manifesto is about the people of Zambia, realising their hopes, meeting their needs and taking concrete steps to achieve them. It is the vision of how the women and men of UNIP plan to build a just and equitable society by rebuilding Zambia, once again, into a viable economy and a prosperous society. Indeed, for the first time since 1991, the People of Zambia can look forward to an era of hope for real fulfilment and prosperity, in dignity and unity. In the past eight years, our country has changed and changed for the worse. Our men and women in government have subjected our country to gross abuse. Our people have been thrown out of employment into misery and insecurity. Our children have been forced out of school, thrown into the streets, vending trinkets, apples oranges, and grapes from foreign lands. Our people once respected champions of liberty, freedom and justice and human dignity have been dehumanised and relegated to the fringe of the international society. We can no longer leave the confines of our borders without being anxious that we shall be searched on suspicions of drug trafficking. The MMD government has done the people of Zambia great injustice. It has engaged in deceit while proclaiming democracy. It has engaged in hatred while proclaiming Christianity. It has engaged in fraud and corruption while proclaiming transparency and accountability. The government has been poisoned by collective bad faith and polluted by individual greed. All that was painstakingly build over the years has been looted and shared by the leaders. Industries have been sold (for what one MMD cabinet minister described) as a song. Formal employment has dwindled to a mare 12% of the available labour force. Life expectancy has dropped from 47 years in our time, to 37 years during MMD’s rule. The quality of life is nothing to talk about for the 89% of Zambians. The MMD government has divided us with no hope for unity under an MMD government, as we continue to push our tribal and ethnic agendas. UNIP intends to reverse this political, social and economic tragedy. This manifesto bears testimony to our noble intentions. It is a social contract between UNIP and the people of Zambia to deliver for their betterment. It is a statement of our honest aims and objectives. At the very heart of this manifesto is our belief that the strength of any nation is its people. Free women and men, with faith in God and in dignity working for themselves and their families, to defend their freedom, dignity, and their diverse heritages under the national motto ONE ZAMBIA ONE NATION. We are confident that Zambians are still eager to face the challenges of the future through hard work and commitment to supplant the tragedy that has befallen Zambia. We have trust in the talent and character of our people and that given the opportunities provided under this manifesto, we can rebuild our economy and society through job creation, handwork, and sustainable economic development for all. Together we can build a nation of free responsible citizens, guided by Gods’ hand. Our vision of a just society can become a reality. This manifesto is but one little step for UNIP, but a giant step for the Zambian society. Your vote for UNIP is a commitment to the future of our children, our families, our country. It is a major step to a fair just and equitable society. In inviting you to vote for UNIP, we do so in recognition of our capacity to deliver on our promises.
A VOTE FOR UNIP IS A VOTE FOR PEACE IS A VOTE FOR PROGRESS IS A VOTE FOR DEVELOPMENT IS A VOTE FOR YOUR CHILDREN AND FAMILY IS A VOTE FOR ZAMBIA’S PROSPEROUS FUTURE