-Southern Province Minister, Daniel Munkombwe has accused opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema of dishonesty over subsidies.
And justifying the removal of subsidies, Health Deputy Minister Christopher Mulenga reiterated that maintaining subsidies would have perpetuated the current gap between the rich and poor people despite the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growing at 7 per cent annually.
Mr. Munkombwe, a veteran politician says Mr. Hichilema as an economist is enlightened enough to know the long term benefits of the removal of fuel and maize subsidies than politicising the issue.
ZANIS reports that the provincial minister was speaking today when Health Deputy Minister, Christopher Mulenga called on him at his Office in Choma, the new Provincial Capital for Southern Province.
Mr. Munkombwe further accused Mr. Hichilema of being a paranoid and dishonest leader who thrives on the misery of the majority poor people as evident during the privatisation programme where he emerged as a major beneficiary of the programme.
He explained that the PF government is working tirelessly to reverse the under-development that was recorded under the previous MMD administration by equitable distribution of resources across the country.
Mr. Munkombwe challenged Mr. Hichilema to tell the nation when he started identifying himself with the majority poor people apart from boasting of his wealth that he got from the privatization programme.
Earlier, Health Deputy Minister Christopher Mulenga reiterated that maintaining subsidies would have perpetuated the current gap between the rich and poor people despite the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growing at 7 per cent annually
Mr. Mulenga explained that it was because of subsidies that Zambians have been complaining that despite the country’s GDP growing at 7 per cent annually, economic growth does not translate into tangible poverty reduction.
He said Zambia needs a strong and visionary leader like President Michael Sata who is ready to face grave political consequences for doing the right thing unlike cheer leaders who always to wants to deceive their people that things are ok when not.
Mr. Mulenga said the huge savings that will accrue from the removal of subsidies will be prudently utilised in developing the whole country without segregation.
The Health Deputy Minister is the Province to check on new and ongoing infrastructure development since the realignment of the Ministry of Health.
President Michael Sata realigned the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health in line with the PF manifesto in order to improve the sector.
He is accompanied By Southern Province Medical Officer, Dr. Lutangu Alisheke and other senior MoH officials.