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Govt claims it has done much to improve wellbeing of Zambians, dismisses reported rantings by opposition


Chief Government Spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa, has dismissed recent allegations of ‘economic genocide’ and ‘contempt’ for the masses as false during a media briefing in Lusaka on Wednesday.

The accusations, reportedly leveled by the opposition against President Hakainde Hichilema’s Cabinet, were described by Mweetwa as damaging to the country’s reputation.

“The United Party for National Development (UPND) government has tirelessly addressed the economic challenges inherited from previous administrations,” stated Mweetwa, emphasizing government’s commitment to economic growth, job creation, and social development.

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Regarding Mopani, Mweetwa projected that the mining firm would reach its optimal production capacity of 220,000 metric tonnes by next year, contributing to the government’s goal of producing 3 million metric tonnes.

Highlighting the fight against corruption, Mweetwa noted Zambia’s improved Transparency International Corruption Perception Index score, underscoring the government’s asset recovery approach.

“Conviction alone and serving a sentence are not enough to mitigate the economic losses suffered by citizens,” he stated, urging against trivializing law enforcement efforts focused on asset recovery.

Mweetwa acknowledged citizen concerns about the pace of corruption-related cases and assured that the government was committed to expediting these proceedings.

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