PRESIDENT SATA MEETS CABINET AND DEPUTY MINISTERS
LUSAKA, Monday, May 20, 2013 – His Excellency, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President
of the Republic of Zambia, has directed Cabinet and deputy ministers to offer explanations
to the Zambian people on the resolve of his administration to remove subsidies on maize and fuel.
The Head of State, who issued the directive during a Caucus held at State House this
morning, urged the ministers to work tirelessly and with greater urgency to ensure that they
engage people and assure them that these bold steps are meant to facilitate practical and
equitable allocation of national wealth amongst the people.
“We have to make our people understand that we are adopting and implementing these
measures to advance stability, reduce poverty and inequality as well as create acceptable
conditions that will stimulate sustained development and growth countrywide,” President
“Let’s tell the people that these reforms are designed to produce a better financial system
that breeds sufficient jobs; a fair distribution of income and opportunities in favour of the poor, who are the majority of our population; and guarantee a social order where education, health and all other services will be sufficiently available to all Zambians.”
President Sata reminded the ministers that government needs to increase its finance base
as it improves the quality of life of mainly the poor or those previously excluded from the economic and development mainstream.
The President reiterated that he was very certain that the long-term benefits of these
seemingly harsh decisions offset the short-term expectations.
“I am glad that despite the pessimistic or ill-talk from certain elements among our political
competitors; the common man on the street is beginning to understand and appreciate that by implementing these measures, we actually we mean well and have a vision for this country,”
President Sata says.
“Therefore, I would like to express gratitude to the Zambian people for their patience and
confidence in this government’s agenda for the country. And I want to promise them that the trust and faith they have deposited in us is not misplaced.”
In response, the ministers pledged their commitment to equitably uplift people’s living
standards by ensuring that government programmes and projects especially in infrastructure
development are implemented in line with the PF manifesto.