Power and Politics

President Hichilema to meet France’s Macron over debt restructuring


President Hakainde Hichilema is confident the debt burden will soon be over as he meets France President, Emmanuel Macron, over debt restructuring.

Hichilema has also told students at the University of Zambia (UNZA) to desist from regional talks.

“Tomorrow I am off to London, I am meeting France President Emmanuel Macron on debt restructuring that we seal the deal,” he said.

He accused the opposition of lying that his government was not engaging China on debt restructuring talks, adding that his administration was engaging actively with China and France who are the co-chairs of the debt restructuring committee.

President Hichilema said once the debt restructuring was achieved, more resources would be released towards resolving challenges in key areas of the economy.

Read more : Debt restructuring process slow because Zambia is asking too much from creditors —PWC Partner

He said education was fundamental, “We will see how we manipulate the scarce resources and now that this year we have dealt with the issue of meal allowances.

The Head of State said next year the government would work on improving infrastructure in high learning institutions.

President Hichilema on Wednesday visited and addressed UNZA students at Great East main campus in Lusaka for the first time since he assumed the presidency.

He emphasized the need to detest ethnic talks and actions if the country is to prosper.

“When I was here, there was no talk or consideration on where one comes from, some got spouses from here (UNZA), so students should desist from regional talk,” President Hichilema said.

He said being at UNZA for him was like coming home having obtained his first degree at the prestigious institution.

Hichilema had earlier been mobbed by a group of students who went to welcome him, while chanting solidarity slogans.

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