Ailing dictator Michael Sata has reiterated government’s decision to remove maize and fuel subsidies despite the growing pressure from public universities students, Churches Council of Zambia (CCZ), opposition parties and other stakeholders.
PF government, with the largest cabinet in Africa recently announced the removal of Maize subsidies, a move which raised the prices of fuel, mealie meal and many other commodities, but the move was received with mixed feelings from a cross section of society, leading to protests at UNZA, CBU and Mulungushi university.
Speaking at this year’s commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the African Union Interdenominational Thanksgiving Church Service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka yesterday, Sata reiterated the excise and said it was not his duty to buy fuel in people’s vehicles.
The move means more and more people will be subjected to abject poverty with increased cost of living, while cabinet ministers, their deputies and permanent secretaries continue to receive increased free fuel for their vehicles.
And speaking at the same event, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia General secretary Reverend Pukuta Mwanza said Africa needs a new style of leadership for the continent to move forwards.
“Africa’s problems are not only on the need for capable leaders, but also a new style of leadership in order to move the continent forward, there is no reason why our countries should continue to struggle and yet we have abundant natural resource and human capital that is capable of producing phenomenal developmental outcomes,” he said.
Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers, senior government officials and diplomats accredited to Zambia attended the service.