HH says PF ‘crowd’ has failed Zambians

United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has charged that it was clear that the PF government has failed to deliver since assuming power four years ago.

And Hichilema has stressed the need to tap into the comparative advantages that various regions of the country have to diversify the economy and move from copper dependency.

Speaking Sunday morning at a media breakfast hosted for over 30 journalists in Lusaka’s Woodlands area, Hichilema charged that the PF government has failed to deliver their promises because they promised things they never understood.

‘Let’s agree that the PF crowd has failed to deliver because they said things they did not understand,’ Hichilema said.

He expressed concern at the increasing debt burden that the country is subjected to due to what he termed ‘reckless borrowing’ by the PF government but was quick to mention that when he forms government his team will first work on dismantling the huge debt.

Hichilema also wondered why President Lungu was now telling retrenched miners on the Copperbelt to go into farming barely a month after he went to the region and assured them that their jobs were safe.

He further observed that the package offered to the retrenched miners was not enough because the cost of leaving has escalated.

And Hichilema has stressed the need to tap into the comparative advantages that various regions of the country have to diversify the economy and move from copper dependency.

He cited Western, Luapula and Northern Provinces as areas that need to be exploited for fish farming as opposed to depending on traditional fishing from the water bodies.

Hichilema said Western Province has a high comparative advantage for cashew nut industry which he said can benefit the country through exports adding that there was also high potential for development of cattle industry, rice and hydro electricity generation at Sioma falls.

He emphasised that there was no need for the country to import fish from China when there is potential to grow fish locally.

And briefing the media on his recent trip to the UK, Hichilema reiterated that he was a responsible citizen who could not speak ill or negatively of his country abroad.

He said the Global African Investment Summit was a great opportunity where he showcased Zambia’s economic potential in the areas of tourism, agriculture, mining, energy and telecommunications that need to be harnessed for job creation and economic expansion.

Hichilema charged that the people who were scaring investors away through careless statements were Chishimba Kambwili, Davies Chama and President Lungu himself.

He said policy inconsistency was among the issues that derailed investment in Africa and needed to be addressed

 

 

 

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