Govt. unhappy with civil society’s maneuvers over subsidy removal

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Government is disappointed with the consortium of some civil society organizations that have embarked on a door to door campaign to mobilize people to oppose the recent removal of subsidies on maize and fuel.


Chief Government Spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni said the move to incite people was not necessary as there were more civil and amicable ways of engaging government on the matter.


Mr. Sakeni told ZANIS in a statement in Lusaka today that while the civil society has the democratic right to express themselves on any issue of national importance, there was need to avoid any action that has the potential to bring them into conflict with the law.


He said government, under the leadership of President Michael Sata, has devised an inclusive and open-door approach in managing the affairs of the country.


Mr. Sakeni, who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, said Zambians are therefore free to engage the government on any issue regardless of their political affiliation.


He said government was convinced that its decision to remove subsidies on maize and fuel was taken in the best interest of the nation and therefore deserves the support of all stakeholders.


Mr. Sakeni further said the savings made from removing subsidies will go a long way in uplifting people’s living standards.