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Socialist Party leader, M’membe, faults President Hichilema’s visit to UK


Socialist Party (SP) president, Dr Fred M’membe, has expressed disappointment with President Hakainde Hichilema’s decision to leave the country in the middle of an economic crisis.

M’membe noted that Zambia was currently facing a severe drought, which had been declared a national disaster, leaving over 6 million people in need of food aid.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday, M’membe said the country was experiencing daily power outages lasting up to 17 or 20 hours, significantly impacting both businesses and the daily lives of citizens.

“How can the President and his team choose to travel abroad for what appears to be personal and non-urgent matters, leaving behind a struggling nation?” M’membe wondered.

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He questioned the President’s priorities, emphasizing that the current situation in Zambia demands his attention and immediate action.

“True leaders should be actively involved in resolving crises within their nation,” M’membe stated, criticizing President Hichilema for what he perceives as a lack of empathy, care and support for the people during this difficult time.

He expressed concern that the country was effectively being left to navigate the crises without proper leadership, operating on autopilot.

The President left for the United Kingdom (UK) on Monday night for bilateral talks and is expected to meet First Minister of Scotland, John Swinney, for further discussions.

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