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President Hichilema unhappy with slow implementation of projects, warns of consequences


President Hakainde Hichilema has expressed displeasure with the pace at which Ministries and State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) are executing projects and programmes.

Hichilema told Permanent Secretaries and Senior Government officials in charge that he would not condone such operations any no longer.

He raised these concerns when he addressed all Permanent Secretaries and Senior Government officials from all sectors in Lusaka on Thursday.

“If we don’t live a shared vision nothing can work, we’ll be pulling different directions. We have laid the basis of a shared vision,” he stated.

The President further urged the addressed parties to prioritise expenditure towards investment and revenue collection side of the budget as opposed to consumption.

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“We have to work together this year to realign the public envelope so that we spend a bit more money, in fact to the owners, in servicing the owners, the people of Zambia,” he added.

He encouraged them to employ technology and e-governance to raise the economic status of the country.

“If you don’t love this country, you don’t love its people it can’t work,” Hakainde said.

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