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‘Big on promises, no action,’ party president, Kalaba, knocks Hichilema over economic challenges


Citizens First (CF) Party leader, Harry Kalaba, has accused President Hakainde Hichilema of failing to implement policies that would help to change the economy.

Kalaba accused Hichilema of making only promises, in terms of economic policies, even after being in power for three years.

The CF leader said this during a media briefing in Lusaka on Monday at which he highlighted a number of issues affecting the country.

He claimed that, to the many citizens and international observers, what the country was faced with today was much worse than what caused Zambians to vote out the Patriotic Front (PF).

Kalaba said three years down the line, the President had shown his true colours, alleging that he was presiding over the most corrupt and tribally-polarized government.

“The CF is therefore dismayed that while in opposition, the President promised sweeping changes that would help enhance the governance of the nation as well as help win international confidence in the way he would govern the nation,” he stated.

Kalaba added that Hichilema would also go down as the President with the highest number of unfulfilled campaign promises.

“It is even more worrying that the pain and anguish we are going through as a nation is happening barely three years into the Presidency,” Kalaba said.

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He noted that this was the same man who was overwhelmingly voted to address the perceived ills of the PF government.

On corruption, Kalaba accused the United Party for National Development (UPND) of evolving into a more corrupt institution than what was obtaining under the PF government.

He recalled that the UPND was voted on their promised commitment to address corruption.

“One of the biggest challenges that was raised in the nation under the previous government was around the Mukula tree,” Kalaba stated.

Meanwhile, the CF leader questioned the reasons why the handling of Mukula tree had been given to Zambia National Service under the UPND as opposed to ZAFFICO whose mandate was to deal with forestry.

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