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Citizens First Party pushes for fuel subsidy to mitigate impact of high cost of fuel (Video)


The Citizens First Party (CF) has expressed disappointed with government’s refusal to introduce fuel subsidies.

Party Spokesperson, Frank Sichone, stated that government had been asked several times to introduce subsidies to mitigate the cost of fuel.

Sichone told Zambia Monitor on Friday in Lusaka that the calls had fallen on deaf ears and that goverment had insisted on listening to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“We expect fuel price to continue escalating as long as there is no long term plan like increasing reserves and making INDENI to start operating by getting a new carbon cracker,” Sichone predicted.

He said Zambians expected all commodities to increase further.

Sichone stated that the United Party for National Development (UPND) government was quick to increase the price of fuel but did not increase salaries for civil servants with the same margins per month.

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“The anticipated increase of fuel saw many stations hold fuel so that they can sale at high price hence creating artificial shortage and inconveniencing motorists,” he claimed.

The CF Spokesperson observed that the monthly review of fuel had also worsened the situation as it had made it very difficult for anyone to plan.

“The CF party is calling upon President Hichilema to resign since he has totally failed to manage the escalating cost of living,” Sichone said

He argued that Zambians had been expectant but were now disappointed with the government, saying the only hope was to elect a leader not only with a vision but with vast experience in governance.

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