Opposition UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has maintained that Zambia’s economy and governance affairs are being mismanaged under the PF government even going by simple economic and governance indicators and harsh conditions of life that people were currently being subjected to.
Reacting to President Michael Sata’s statements on Friday that he was just a reckless rumor-monger and a speculative claimant about the economy and the growth of the country, Mr. Hichilema has maintained that the country is headed for doom under the PF government.
“If Mr. Sata just picked the economic indicative data of 17 January 2014, he would discover that the Zambian currency was now worthless at K5, 570 to 1USD while on the same day in 2010 (17.01.2010) before PF came into power it was K4, 345 and on the same day during Levy Patrick Mwanawasa (MHSRIP) in 2006 it was K3, 210 to 1USD,” he said.
Mr. Hichilema says these are just simple indicative economic data that the PF administration and Mr. Sata should admit even before going into details of other harsh global prevailing conditions in the past that other presidents at the time were facing.
Mr Hichilema says Mr Sata’s government promised more jobs, low taxes, and more money in people’s pockets but it is a fact that prices of essential commodities such as mealie meal, fuel, electricity and water tariffs, talk-time, transport and others are currently more expensive than the time they took over power contrary to what they told the people of Zambia.
Mr Hichilema said even when he becomes president in 2016, he will continue to personally mingle and even share meals with people in their localities as a way of appreciating people’s challenges because that was part of his upbringing.
Mr. Hichilema also challenged Mr. Sata and his PF administration to allow him and other political leaders, civil society organizations access to public media so that they can directly address people’s concerns and answer questions there and then.