Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has called on President Micheal Sata to stop threatening public service workers with dismissals over their demands for better salaries and conditions of service.
And Hichilema has said that President Sata’s youth-day message that his government will come up with viable programmes for youth empowerment is a confirmation that the PF government had no programmes for the youths.
Speaking at a pressing briefing today, Mr. Hakainde said the workers were merely asking for what belongs to them which the PF promised when in opposition.
President Sata’s government, which has so far spent K4billion on Commissions of Inquiries, has directed that no government employee will get more than 4 percent salary increment.
Civil servant and other public service workers have threatened to go on strike if their demands are not met, but government has threatened to dismiss all of them and employ PF cadres in the civil service.
On the youth-day message, Mr. Hakainde said that the promise by PF now shows that the PF as a party they had no programmes for the youths and the country from the word go.
And the UPND leader challenged President Micheal Sata to arrest him if he has any evidence that he stole money during the privatisation process.
During the youth-day rally, Sata claimed that there would have been more jobs for youths if the money was not stolen during the liquidation and sale of Kagem and Luanshya Mines, Lima Bank and Sun hotel in an apparent reference to the UPND leader.
Sata also claimed that both the MMD and UPND were led by thieves.
And Mr Hichilema has said that the de-registration of MMD was bad for democracy. He however said his party was up-to-date with returns to the Registrar of Societies.