A coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has called on government to urgently address various economic challenges that Zambians are currently facing.
In a communique of policy demand on behalf of the CSO’s on Tuesday in Lusaka, the Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Executive Director, Caroline Katotobwe, highlighted a number of economic challenges, which are affecting Zambians such as the erratic supply of drugs and medical supplies among others.
She said government needs to address issues such as the the shortages of mealie-meal, escalating cost of living and energy crisis among other challenges.
Katotobwe also noted lack of coordinated communication by government with the public as regards to explaining the current situation, hence the need for the government to start communicating as a key component for positive policy dialogue in the country.
She said stakeholder engagement and dialogue was important as well as the need to be humble to admit mistakes or failure to realise manifesto pledges than continue to pretend that its on course.
“Public sentiments and perception are important considerations, but also bench making performance on quantitative and qualitative metrics, Government could improve its communications,” Katotobwe said.
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The Consortium is comprised of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Southern Africa Centre for the Constructive Resolutions of Disputes (SACCORD), Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD), Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) and Center for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD).
Others are Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), Misa Zambia and Chapter One Foundation (COF), Transparency International Zambia (TIZ), Zambia National Women’s Lobby Group (ZNWLG) and Our Civic Duty Organisation (OCIDAH).
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