HH tells President Lungu to cancel his visit to Kenya and focus on domestic problems

United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has appealed to President Edgar Lungu to cancel his upcoming trip to Kenya so that he concentrates on solving domestic challenges the country was facing.

And Hichilema has said that he feels very sorry for the Zambian people because the economic situation will get worse and predicted that more mines will close and lead to job losses.

Hichilema told a press briefing Monday morning that the country was facing an economic crisis similar to that of the late 1980,s and charged that President Lungu is overwhelmed because he never thought he would be a president one time.

He said he expected President Lungu to listen to advice now that he was under pressure and pointed out that the country was in need of a leader with a vision to turn around the economy instead of blaming outside variables that can be controlled.

He stressed that the country needs a leader who will travel less and deal with domestic challenges more.

Hichilema said even if President Lungu was to visit solar farms in Kenya he will not do anything when he comes back home adding that in other countries President Lungu would have resigned but he can’t because he is interested in travel allowances.

‘In other countries Lungu should have resigned but how does he resign when he has already budgeted to make a certain amount of allowances? Hichilema wondered.

He said President Lungu shouldn’t have accepted when the PF approached him to be President if he knew he could not manage to run the country.

Hichilema has advised the PF government to stop borrowing beyond their capacity to repay and pointed out that more domestic revenue should be used instead of borrowing at high rates. He said borrowing should only be done when necessary.

And Hichilema has said that he feels very sorry for the Zambian people because the economic situation will get worse and predicted that more mines will close and lead to job losses.

He said the increased load shedding by ZESCO will result in low production in factories and mines which will lead to closure of more mines and consequently lead to loss of jobs.

Hichilema wondered how President Lungu will create 500,000 jobs by 2016 when mines are closing or going under care and maintenance.

He said if millers increase the price of mealie-meal due to the bad economy President Lungu will accuse them of sabotaging his leadership. He advised that the government should focus more on production and not consumption and increase support to farmers.

 

 

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