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UPND youth wing in Copperbelt urges focus on climate solutions over politics


The ruling UPND Copperbelt Youth Wing has called upon politicians to prioritise solutions to the impacts of climate change rather than politicising the issue.

Charles Kabwita, Deputy Information and Publicity Secretary for Media of the UPND’s Copperbelt branch, also encouraged citizens to maintain optimism as President Hakainde Hichilema and his administration actively address the challenges posed by drought.

In a statement released in Kitwe on Saturday, Kabwita said that climate change had significantly affected the environment, exacerbating drought conditions throughout the SADC region.

This, in turn, had negatively impacted food security and electricity generation, particularly in countries reliant on hydroelectric power, according to him.

Kabwita said: “The countries most affected by drought in Southern Africa include Madagascar, Lesotho, South Africa, Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia.”

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He further elaborated that the government, under President Hichilema’s leadership, had implemented various measures to mitigate the effects of drought.

These initiatives included distributing relief food to the most affected populations and promoting agricultural diversification through irrigation.

Additionally, efforts such as winter and continuous grain farming have been introduced to enhance food security.

Moreover, Kabwita noted ongoing governmental investments in the energy sector aimed at reducing reliance on hydroelectric power.

Initiatives include the installation of solar plants and diversification of energy sources.

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