Opposition FDA says subsidy removal was done hastily

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Opposition Forum for Democratic Alternatives (FDA) has said the removal of subsidies on fuel and maize was done in a bad faith.

FDA Secretary General (SG) Kelvin Mayondi said government should have first sensitized the public on the effects and benefits of removing subsidies before implementing it.

Mr. Mayondi said by doing so, government would have accorded stakeholders an opportunity to support or oppose the removal of subsidies on maize and fuel.

Mr. Mayondi, who was flanked by FDA member Maureen Musonda, was speaking at a press briefing held at party’s secretariat in Lusaka today.

He said FDA would reverse the removal of subsidies on fuel and maize when it forms government.

But Agriculture and Livestock Minister Roberts Sichinga said Mr. Mayondi was not being sincere on the removal of subsidies.


Mr. Sichinga said in a separate interview that there was no way government would decide to make its citizens suffer by coming up with policies that would worsen their poverty.

He explained that the removal of fuel and maize subsidies had an economic benefit standpoint in the economy of the country.