UPND accused PF of lacking policy direction


The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has accused government of failing to provide policy direction in its governance of the country.

Speaking during a press briefing at the party secretariat in Lusaka today, UPND president Hakainde Hichilema said the Patriotic Front has failed to inspire Zambians on the economic and social front.

Mr. Hichilema said Zambians expected the Patriotic Front government to give them clear key areas of focus in the country’s social and economic affairs.

The UPND leader also charged that the PF has taken Zambians for granted by not taking issues of governance seriously.

Mr. Hichilema said it was regrettable that Zambians have to allegedly push government to get a constitution when the PF promised to come up with a people driven law of the land within three months of assuming power.

He said the lack of clear policy direction has also led to poor performance of the economy resulting in the rise in the cost of living.

Mr. Hichilema said the high mealie meal prices and the poor performance of the Kwacha against other foreign currencies was a consequence of bad management of the economy.

He said Zambia’s economy needed strong leadership that would bring the country’s financial system back on track through among other means, ensuring maximum revenue from the economy for investment in the social sector.

Mr. Hichilema said the high debt that the PF government has contracted during the period it has been in power will have an adverse impact on the economy as government revenue will now be going towards debt servicing.

And when contacted for a comment, Acting Chief Government Spokesperson, Fackson Shamenda said he needed time to study the statement issued by Mr. Hichilema.

Mr. Shamenda, who is Minister of Labour and Social Security, said in a telephone interview that he did not want to comment on a statement he had not studied