Chikondi Foundation President Bishop John Mambo has advised government to come up with an economic recovery plan that will help companies such as the Zambian Airways.
Bishop Mambo says there is need for government to come up with economic measures that will help Zambian Airways to recover from its operational problems and ensure that sustainability in the operations of the company.
The Lusaka based clergy told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that it was sad that some companies in the country were suspending operations when the global economic and financial crunch was at its peak.
He said there is an urgent need for government to work out modalities that would help the local airline to recover as it had an important role to play in the country’s economic development agenda.
Bishop Mambo observed that if the local airline was helped to recover from its problems it could play a paramount role in helping the country to mitigate the effects and challenges that may be associated from the economic and financial down turn.
He said that the airlines suspension of its operation would have negative implications on the Zambian economy as it was a growing economy.
Bishop Mambo further said that the suspension of the airlines operation could have been avoided had the government intervened in the matter.
Bishop Mambo, who is also former Church of God Regional Overseer, said that since the airline was a strategic courier, the Zambian government would have emulated other countries in the world that had dealt with the industry and helped the airline find a lasting solution to the problems affecting the airline industry.
He described the suspension of the airline operations as a tragedy in the country’s airline industry adding that there was an urgent need for government to put in place extra remedial measures to sustain the airline operations and protect the jobs of workers in the company.
Bishop Mambo has since appealed to government to ensure that the operations of Zambian airways were sustained as most Zambians depend on its services.
last week , Communications and Transport Minister Dora Siliya had informed the nation that government had not received official report from the airline on the suspension of its operations.
Last week the Airline suspended its operations citing among other issues high fuel costs which has hampered its operations.