United Party for National Development (UPND) National Youth Chairperson, Gilbert Liswaniso, says the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) pastoral letter should not be demonised.
“The call of the Church emphasizes the importance of unity and calls for overcoming the divisions of the past as we strive to unite and build a better future for our country, Zambia,” Liswaniso in a statement on Sunday stated.
He said the letter reminded the ruling party of the great importance of love and unity which he said should all truly practice.
“As the ruling political party, we are eternally grateful to the church for the support given to us before and after the formation of the government. We promise that our government is on the right track to fulfil its promise to the people of Zambia,” Liswaniso made known to members.
He said it should be noted that this was not the first pastoral letter ever written, hence the ruling party appreciated the consistency and continuous dialogue on issues affecting the people.
“UPND appreciates the recognition of achievements and the highlighting of areas requiring attention, and as a responsible Party in government with solid and focused leadership, the content of the letter is fully acknowledged.”
Liswaniso insisted that since the UPND came into power, positive changes including the return of free education and the effective execution of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) projects.
This, he said had truly changed the face of many constituencies while the residents were part of the development process.
Liswaniso named the ongoing debt restructuring, the increase in Social Cash Transfer and beneficiaries are among many others as major achievement.
He said the UPND-led government was consistently raising the allocations for CDF projects, guaranteeing that development projects were implemented across the country without discrimination.
“Today opposition political parties are able to speak freely without any harassment and this is evidenced from social media while traders are operating freely without any harassment. There is need to unite for the improvement of our beloved Zambia and not personalities,” Liswaniso claimed.
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