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‘I don’t fly Gulfstream jet anymore,’ Hichilema asks citizens to shun extravagance, as economy struggles


President Hakainde Hichilema has called for the rationalisation of national resources to address the current economic challenges and mitigate the effects of climate change.

“There is no turning back on resource rationalisation, which aimed to allocate resources to needed areas.

“Controlling officers must ensure that resources are used efficiently,” he said during a press briefing at State House in Lusaka on Tuesday.

President Hichilema emphasised the need for prudence in the utilisation of state resources, warning that the drought could severely impact the economy if not properly managed.

He stated that the government would continue to monitor the drought’s effects on livelihoods and work with international partners to find solutions.

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The President criticised water drillers for inflating prices during the drought and announced a meeting to address cost reductions.

“The drought has shown us that we have been extravagant as a nation. Things need to change, which is why I avoid using a Gulfstream plane to prevent overspending,” he said.

He expressed gratitude to cooperating partners and the international community for their support during the emergency.

Additionally, he urged Members of Parliament to back the supplementary budget presented in parliament on Friday, which aims to realign the budget to address the drought’s impacts.

“Our appeal is to the MPs to support the supplementary budget so that we can navigate through the current challenges,” President Hichilema said.

The President also called for the adoption of alternative energy sources to reduce the country’s reliance on hydroelectricity.

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