The UPND has dismissed calls for unity of purpose from people of Eastern Province in backing President Edgar Lungu in the August 11 general elections.
Vice Provincial Chairperson, Alexander Miti says that UPND in Eastern Province will not encourage tribalism or regional politics.
Mr. Miti stated that people seeking the presidential office have to be judged based on their capacity to deliver and not which region they come from.
Speaking on a radio programme dubbed “Political Hour” on Breeze FM this morning, Mr. Miti charged that President Edgar Lungu has failed to perform and needs to be replaced with UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.
And speaking during the same programme, Member of the UPND Provincial Presidential Campaign Team, Johabi Mtonga and UPND Provincial Youth Chairperson Lyson Nyirenda say that the country’s economy has crumbled under President Lungu.
Mr. Mtonga and Mr. Nyirenda stated that most projects like construction of roads and hospitals have stalled because of poor policies by the PF government while a promise to create 5,000 jobs for youths has not been fulfilled.
They observed that the tobacco industry in Eastern Province has seen companies pulling out because the PF government has failed to instil investor confidence.
They charged that government should not seek credit for some of the road works like that of constructing the Great East Road because it was facilitated by MMD.