Information and Broadcasting Minister, Ronnie Shikapwasha said contrary to the suggestions, government is studying various options for assisting companies whose operations are struggling due to the financial global melt down.
Lt. Gen Shikapwasha said government is also waiting for a full report from Zambian Airways on the challenges that resulted into suspending the airlines operations.
Lt. Gen Shikapwasha who is also Chief government spokesperson said this in statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today.
The Minister said government is discussing with companies that intend to lay off workers as a result of the financial crisis.
He said government is equally saddened by the suspension of Zambian Airways operations because this could affect the jobs of many Zambians.
He said the development does not please government because it is not line with government policies of job and wealth creation.
And Lt. Gen Shikapwasha also said the failure by bus operators to reduce fares following the reduction of fuel should not be blamed on government adding that it was out of defiance because bus operators are paying very little for fuel.
Meanwhile, the Minister has since reiterated government’s commitment to fight Cholera in the country by empowering Local authorities with enough resources.
He has since called upon all Zambians to keep their surroundings clean and observe high standard of hygiene.
Zambia Consumers Association (ZACA) Executive Secretary, Muyunda Ililonga is quoted in one of the Tabloids were he advised government not to rejoice over problems affecting the airline.