The United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema has described the move by President Rupiah Banda to write off debts for tenants in mining houses on the Copperbelt as mere politicking.
Hichilema charged that the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) is fond of enticing the electorate prior to elections, adding that there is need to come up with policies that would benefit all Zambians.
He said President Banda’s directive is not an issue of compassion as he only did it to canvass for votes from Copperbelt residents.
Meanwhile, Patriotic Front (PF) Leader Michael Sata has challenged President Banda to refund all citizens who are tenants who owe and not relieve just a few citizens.
Sata said it is important to note that such a move has no real benefit for the people if meant only for certain sections of society.
Mr Banda also directed boards of Zambia Forests and Forestry Industrial Corporation, National Pensions Scheme Authority, Development Bank of Zambia, and Mukuba Pension Fund to offer their housing units countrywide to sitting tenants for purchase.
The president instructed Mines Minister Maxwell Mwale to ask Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines-Investment Holdings (ZCCM-IH) to immediately write off the outstanding debts on housing units offered to sitting tenants in six towns on the Copperbelt.
And PF chairperson for Health James Katema said the purchase of mobile hospitals is not a solution to the problems faced in the health sector.
Katema further accused Government of having purchased the mobile hospitals to gain political mileage and not to improve the lives of the people they claim to serve.