President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA has officially opened the first session of the 13th National Assembly setting the tone for his administration’s development agenda for the next five years.
President HICHILEMA, who highlighted a wide range of policy pronouncements, stated that rebuilding the economy is top of the government’s agenda.
He said this in his maiden speech to the house under the theme “Creating a United, Prosperous and Equitable Zambia, Restoring Economic Growth and Safe Guarding Livelihoods”.
President HICHILEMA said in the aftermath of the general election, politicking is over and it is time for Zambians to unite, in order to achieve development and take the country forward.
The head of state said he will work to end the vicious cycle of poverty by bring prosperity to the people.
The president also said he will ensure that there is affordable cost of living and an increase to access to quality education and health care.
President said his government has a vision of Zambia, with equal opportunities for all, through policy revision, aimed at restoring international and local confidence in all sectors of the economy.
And President HICHILEMA said his government has waged a war against corruption and that there will be no sacred cows in the fight against graft.
He said a fast truck court will be established to deal with those that have stolen public Funds.
President HICHILEMA said over-sight institutions will be empowered by strengthening legislations so that they can work effectively.
The head of state also said Zambians can achieve much if they adopt hard work, perseverance and discipline.
He said the country is blessed with natural resources such as surface and underground water and good soils to turn around the economy.
And President HICHILEMA said the days of thuggery and political violence are over and that no one will be allowed to collect money from traders.
He said the council should correct money and provide a service to the people.
President HICHILEMA also called for a moment of silence in honour of the late founding President KENNETH KAUNDA, late chief Justice IREEN MAMBILIMA and those that died of covid-19