We never promised roses without thorns- says Vice President
AS Zambians grapple with the high cost of living which has seen a price of a bag of mealie meal fetching at more than K200 a kilogramme bag coupled the continued hike in fuel prices, Vice-President Mutale Nalumango says government is with them as it seeks to address the challenges.
Ms Nalumango said when she featured on radio phoenix this morning that government is concerned with the welfare of Zambians and “we have not left you behind”.
“Trust us, we feel what you feel, I am a part of you. We have to work together to resolve [the challenges] wow never said that it would be easy [to address the challenges]. We never promised roses without thorns,” she said.
She however emphasised that as government implements various interventions aimed at addressing the welfare of citizens, it will do so cautiously even if it those decisions will result into them only serving for only for a term.
“Let’s navigate together, it’s better we do one term and leave a positive print. Not to over borrowing [debt] and allowing cadres to do wrong things,” Ms Nalumango said.
She said the New Dawn is just in the driving seat and not a monopoly of wisdom in addressing challenges faced in the country such as the depreciation of the kwacha.
“It [kwacha depreciation] could be that we are an import based economy,” Ms Nalumango said during the call-in programme when citizens aired concerns on the state of the economy and other concerns.
She said while the UPND made various campaign promises, the governing party should be judged based on what it will implement in a full five year tenure in accordance with its 10point plan.
“10point plan is not a magic figure, you need to judge UPND after five years,” she said.
Ms Nalumango said government has so far recorded various successes in accordance with what is stipulated on the 10point plan such as creation of jobs in the health, education sectors and restoration of the rule of law.
“But it’s impossible to do all this [in the 10 point plan] in one year,” she said adding.
A responding to concerns over the late delivery of inputs, Ms Nalumango said the challenges faced during the process were part of the “learning curve”.
On corruption, Ms Nalumango said government has strengthen the fight against corruption with a call on citizens not to hesitate to report suspected corruption to law enforcers even against government officials, including herself.
She said government will work with various stakeholders to address challenges faced in the country because “no one has monopoly of wisdom”.
Some callers called on government to stop blaming the former Patriotic regime over the debt burden each time they are asked to account for the campaign promises.
But Ms Nalumango said the New Dawn has to make reference to the past mistakes, which it is correcting, to find a way of avoiding to repeat them in future.
“Even the last caller made reference to UNIP government,” she said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 3rd Februray, 2023)
US Govt releases USD$16million toward corruption fight
UNITED States Vice President Kamala Harris has announced that more than USD$16 million has been released towards the fight against corruption and other reform programs.
Ms Harris said the US is keen on helping accelerate the fight against corruption to help pave way for democracy to flourish.
Speaking at State House today, Ms Harris said the strong ties between Zambia and the US will continue and those include the fight against corruption .
“Democracy is a priority for the United States. We have released more than USD$16 million for programs including anti-corruption and other reform programs,” she said.
She commended President Hakainde Hichilema for the strides being made in the fight against corruption as well as debt restructuring.
“We will quicken the debt restructuring and we advise other bilateral official creditors to have meaningful debt restructure for Zambia as well,” she said.
And Mr Hichilema said Zambia values the bilateral relationship held with the US and will ensure to maintain the good historical friendship.
He noted that Government priority is to rebuild the economy.
“What is keeping us down is debt over hung. It is contributing towards the affected foreign exchange market prices and so we are pushing to unlock that so that we create more jobs and more businesses,” he said.
Mr Hichilema further reiterated that Zambia will continue upholding good governance and also stated that Zambia is a democracy by choice and not through persuasion.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 31st March, 2023)
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US Veep to hold bilateral talks with President Hakainde Hichilema
MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Stanley Kakubo says Vice President of the United States of America Ms Kamala Harris is today expected to embark on her official visit to Zambia from today to 1st April 2023, accompanied by the Second Gentleman, Mr Douglas Emhoff.
Mr Kakubo said Vice President Harris will hold a bilateral meeting with President Hichilema, which will focus on important matters of mutual interest at bilateral, regional, and global levels, including democracy, food security, and sustainable economic growth.
He said the Vice President’s visit will serve to advance US efforts to expand assistance to Zambia in accessing the digital economy, supporting climate change adaptation and resilience, and strengthening business ties and investment, including through innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic empowerment of women.
“President Hichilema has been driving the country’s bold and ambitious economic development agenda, and this visit will solidify Zambia’s partnership with the United States, while exploring new areas of cooperation in identified sectors that will accrue tangible benefits to the people of Zambia,” he said.
Mr Kakubo said the increased high-level visits by foreign leaders and dignitaries to Zambia serve as a testament to the renewed confidence the international community has in the country’s current leadership.
“These visits are crucial and demonstrate Zambia’s standing as a preferred investment destination. The country is open to collaborative partnerships, and the international community has shown willingness to work with the government in various areas such as health, education, agriculture, mining, water and sanitation, energy, and tourism,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 31st March, 2023)
Dr. Nevers Mumba says the discussion and debate on democracy is long overdue
MOVEMENT for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) president Nevers Mumba says the discussion and debate on democracy is long overdue and has since commended the co-hosting of the summit in Zambia.
He has however advised the western world not to use democracy as a pipeline to impose certain values against the country’s norms.
Dr Mumba has since challenged the western world to respect the county’s cultural, religious, christian and social values.
The politician, who is also a former vice president, said during the sidelines of the summit, there is a lot of business with the western world to help propel development and that is why the business should not be hindered by other agendas.
“We think the discussion and debate on democracy is long overdue. Africa is ready to take on this debate. What we are against is interference from the western world or anywhere. We do not want democracy to be used as a pipeline to impose certain values. If this continues, there will be a huge divorce from the pipeline,” he said.
Dr Mumba said a strong partnership with the western world will continue but that they should respect the country’s cultural values.
“We have a lot of business of Democracy and we remain committed, but we do not want anything to come in between that,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th March, 2023)