Power and Politics

UPPZ calls out Hichilema administration on economic challenges facing Zambia


United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia (UPPZ) has raised concerns over the slow pace at which the government is addressing the economic problems facing Zambians.

UPPZ leader, Charles Chanda, claimed that the government seemed to be governing in reverse mode, failing to demonstrate the urgency required to alleviate the suffering of the people.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday, Chanda expressed his disbelief at government’s continued reliance on importing power while the citizens directly experience the effects of frequent power outages.

“What is the logic behind this decision, emphasizing the need for immediate action to reinvigorate the local power generation infrastructure to stabilize electricity supply in the country,” he questioned.

Furthermore, Chanda highlighted the rising cost of living that had burdened the Zambian people, as evidenced by the alarming increase in the exchange rate, with the dollar trading at a staggering rate of K26.

He emphasized that such economic challenges demand rapid and decisive action from the government, rather than complacency and inaction.

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“I would like to urge the United Party for National Development (UPND) administration to prioritize the welfare of the citizens, emphasizing that it is their duty to alleviate the economic distress faced by ordinary Zambians,” Chanda advised.

He called for sustainable long-term solutions that would enhance local industries, reduce dependency on imports and stabilize the currency exchange rate.

Chanda stated: “It is high time the UPND government took ownership of the economic crisis and implements effective strategies to mitigate its impact on the lives of the Zambian people. We cannot afford to wait any longer while our citizens suffer.”

The UPPZ leader called for transparency and accountability from the government, demanding regular updates and progress reports on the steps being taken to address the economic challenges.

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