President Edgar Lungu has indefinitely cancelled his scheduled trip to Kabwe apparently due to political ‘embarrassment’ following an economic meltdown in the once vibrant mining town.
About 16,000 farmers are owed over K100 million because government has not activated their e-vouchers from 2015 to 2018 farming seasons while Mulungushi Textiles which Lungu pretended to open at the height of the 2016 political campaigns is still a white elephant.
Lungu was scheduled to be in Kabwe on Saturday17th March but upon his return from South Africa on Wednesday when he was being briefed about the pending trip, he advised that the trip be cancelled until further notice.
“He was being reminded about the Saturday trip but he advised that it be put on hold until further notice. Certainly he’s not coming and didn’t give any reasons but I suspect the Mulungushi textiles fake promises and the FISP failure where plenty of e-voucher cards remain inactivated could be part of the reasons,” said a highly placed
State House source.
And several farmers and agro dealers spoken to have accused government officials of conniving with the Farmer Input Supply Programme – FISP coordinator a Grey Mwale and his deputy a Mulenga to release money only where they have put up some agro dealership business using some hidden business front.
They complained that some had entrusted the farmers by giving them inputs with assurance that the cards will be activated but now have been at a loss. Farmers also feel swindled by government because they have not redeemed the cards in spite of paying their contributions.
With the high levels of unemployment, some people resorted to agriculture for survival but are disappointed that their own government has stolen from them.
The agriculture sector has continued to be mismanaged by the PF government since 2011.