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Anthony Mulowa
UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) leader, Hakainde Hichilema has said he intends to increase the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) from the current K400 million to K4 billion should he win the October 30 polls.

Addressing a rally at Rimoni Youth Centre in Nakonde on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Hichilema said increasing the CDF would help bring about quick development in all the parts of Zambia.

Mr Hichilema also said that contracts in constituencies would be given to local companies in order to empower them.

He additionally pledged to encourage trade in constituencies by offering incentives to companies within a particular locality.

The opposition leader said that traders would not pay duty for goods below US$2,000. Currently, goods worth over $500 were subjected to duty.

“We are not saying you should not pay duty but pay for goods above $2,000,” Mr Hichilema said.

He said that income from the mines was enough to supplement the revenue, which would be lost through the move aimed at empowering local traders.

He said his Government would work on all roads in the area, most of which, were in a deplorable state.

He further urged the residents to vote for the UPND so that the government could address the problems of poor water reticulation system.

Mr Hichilema said that there was no way a border town like Nakonde could have its residents depending on water from wells. He said because of poor water reticulation, Nakonde was prone to waterborne diseases.

He said it was sad that Zambians had remained poor despite the country having abundant natural resources and qualified manpower.

Mr Hichilema added that the population of 12 million people was too small to have the majority wallowing in poverty.

Meanwhile, Mr Hichilema has said the widespread problem of street kids in Zambia was an MMD phenomenon arising from poor economic performance by the ruling party, Sylvester Mwale reports.

Mr Hichilema said on Muvi TV that he would like to improve the living standards of the people if elected into office.

Street kids were not there in the 27-year rule of Kenneth Kaunda but are associated with the MMD because of the bad economic policies that did not improve the lives of the people.

He said because of high levels of poverty in Zambia, parents were unable to look after their children while young people opted to beg from the streets.

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