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Poverty in Nakonde worries Hichilema businessmen

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema is concerned about high poverty levels in Nakonde despite the huge amounts of revenue collected at the border entry point.
And Mr Hichilema has reiterated that agricultural production will be priority on UPND’s development agenda because it is a sure of way of alleviating poverty in rural communities.
Speaking in separate meetings when he addressed Nakonde and Isoka residents during campaign meetings in Muchinga Province, Mr Hichilema said a good portion of resources generated at Nakonde border should be channeled to infrastructure development such as health and education facilities in the area.
This is according to a statement released in Lusaka yesterday by the UPND campaign team.
“This place is heavily endowed with good vegetation and it’s a border area. Locals should easily be exporting foods and other materials from this place,” Mr Hichilema said.
The UPND leader said he will continue with projects embarked on by previous administrations but with locally generated resources instead of excessive borrowing.
Mr Hichilema reiterated that unemployment among the youth is a major challenge that should be tackled through deliberate measures favouring youth investments and small medium enterprises.
“Other than reducing the retirement age from 65 to 55, our party will embark on other deliberate policies meant to have more people, especially the youths to be in gainful employment activities,” Mr Hichilema said.

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