UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema yesterday addressed a poorly attended rally in Mandevu Constituency in Lusaka where he urged his members to embark on a massive recruitment drive.
Mr Hichilema was accompanied at the rally by several UPND members of Parliament and officials.
“Go and recruit as many people as possible from other parties to join us. MMD, though they are our colleagues, were in power for 20 years, they need to rest,” Mr Hichilema said.
He told the scanty crowd that he had managed to break the barrier of the Public Order Act (POA) that the Patriotic Front was using to stop political parties from holding public meetings.
He said the successful holding of the rally in Mandevu was just the beginning and that the party would hold more rallies in the near future.
He advised other political parties to follow suit and hold rallies as his party had pioneered the way.
Police officers were on hand to monitor the situation from a distance to ensure law and order prevailed.
Mr Hichilema said the two years that the PF Government had been in power had failed to meet people’s expectations, as there were a number of people including University graduates that were unemployed.
He said the economic situation had become worse as there were no drugs in hospitals, food and fuel prices had gone up making people’s lives unbearable.