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President Hichilema respects autonomy, expertise of civil servants —Government spokesperson


Government has denied assertions by former president Edgar Lungu that civil servants were frustrated due to the purported micro-managing of government functions.

Acting Chief Government Spokesperson, Brenda Tambatamba, said President Hakainde Hichilema respected the autonomy and expertise of civil servants in their respective roles.

Responding to Lungu’s assertion during a media briefing in Lusaka on Tuesday, the Minister stated that there was no policy or a directive from State House that mandated micro-management of government functions.

“Moreover, there are established grievance handling procedures to address any concerns raised by civil servants,” Tambatamba said.

On declaring the 2023/2024 farming season a national disaster, the Minister acknowledged proposals from some sections of society to declare the 2023/2024 farming season a national disaster owing to the dry spell being experienced in some parts of the country.

“Despite the serious challenges the nation is experiencing in this area, the decision to declare a national disaster must be carefully considered and must adhere guidelines as provided in Part VI of the Disaster Management Act of 2010,” she said.

Tambatamba indicated that working with various authorities and stakeholders, government was assessing the situation to gather accurate and comprehensive information on the extent of the challenge.

She indicated that once the assessment was complete, government would take appropriate action informed by the findings.

The Minister further expressed delight that the local currency keeps appreciating against major convertible currencies following several measures that had been implemented.

“The appreciation of the Kwacha reflects initiatives taken by the government to support sustainable growth, development and to bolster the Zambian economy,” Tambatamba stated.

She said government had continued to implement prudent monetary policy measures such as the introduction of Export Proceeds Tracking framework which aimed at increasing the dollar liquidity on the local market.

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Tambatamba stated that government had also increased the Statutory Reserve Ratio for all commercial banks to limit the amount of the Kwacha in circulation.

“Another factor is that investors have started disbursing their capital injections into Zambia’s local companies,” she added.

Tambatamba assured that government would continue to implement policies and measures aimed at maintaining macroeconomic stability, fostering economic growth and enhancing the resilience of the Kwacha against external pressures.

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