New Hope Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) leader, Nevers Mumba, has cautioned President Hakainde Hichilema and other African leaders against championing Western interests in the management of natural resources such as minerals.
Mumba said discussions around the natural resources such as minerals should be centered on equitable trade and Zambia’s interest as opposed to serving the west.
Addressing a media briefing in Lusaka on Monday, under the topic, “The New Africa,” Mumba called on government to manage the natural resources to the advantage of Zambians.
He said the day of championing other interests by African governments was over because the young people have resolved that only African interests would be entertained.
“God has blessed Zambia and other African countries with a lot of natural resources which must be managed to the best interest of their people,” Mumba said.
He said African leaders who are seen to be championing foreign entities interest do not last in government and the current leaders like Hichilema must learn from this lesson.
Mumba added that African leaders should tell the west that only continental interests would be entertained going forward because it was high time Africa took its rightful place on the globe.
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