Caritas Zambia says problems facing Zambia are human made

Caritas Zambia has observed that Zambian people are going through had economic challenges which need to be resolved urgently by the leadership and policy makers adding that the challenges are human made.

And Caritas has charged that the country has witnessed increased tension barely a month after President Lungu called for prayers and reconciliation on 18th October 2015.

Caritas Zambia Executive Director Samuel Mulafulafu said in a press statement released on Wednesday 11th November 2015 that it was sad that efforts by ordinary people in Zambia to earn a dignified livelihood are severely hampered by contextual situations which need to be resolved by policy makers.

‘Overwhelming human suffering by the majority of our people is as a result of forces far beyond natural factors, they are human made and can be reversed by the same humans,’ read part of the statement.

The organisation has observed that Zambians were experiencing frightening high cost of leaving and the majority were failing to cope as the cost of food and services was getting high by the day far beyond the reach of citizens.

Caritas Zambia has further stressed that the organisation stands in solidarity with women and men, young and old who have lost their lives as a result of harsh economic conditions that the country is experiencing.

They have also noted with sadness the loss of jobs and have called for genuine dialogue between government and stakeholders noting that threats and blackmailing each other will not solve any problem.

On the exchange rate, they have called for practical policy interventions as opposed to bullying to reverse the situation.

The civil society body has further expressed concern with governments ‘increased borrowing which it said was tying the generations to come to a debt that will forever keep them as economic slaves yet there was no corresponding prudence in government expenditure.

‘Increased travelling with huge delegations was gobbling huge amounts yet the value of such trips remains obscure,’ reads the statement

On the national constitution it has reiterated its demand for the whole constitution to be subjected to a referendum as opposed to the PF government ‘potential manipulation’ through parliament.

And Caritas has charged that the country has witnessed increased tension barely a month after President Lungu called for prayers and reconciliation on 18th October 2015.

They have noted that there was no change in behaviour among leaders while tension has continued to escalate.

 

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