The Black Friday Campaigners have reiterated their call for a just society and fair distribution of wealth to all Zambians.
And the campaigners have expressed concern at the continued depreciation of the country’s currency.
Speaking during a press briefing Black Friday Campaigners Spokesperson McDonald Chipenzi said the Campaigners have been
vindicated as the concerns they raised last year have come to pass.
Mr. Chipenzi explained that Zambians from all walks of life have now come
to appreciate the Campaign as evidenced by many institutions calling for the reinstatement of the Subsidies.
“As we are speaking today, we are proud that we have been vindicated because the concerns we had last year have come to pass and now many Zambians have come to appreciate the campaign as evidenced by many institutions calling for the reinstatement of the subsidies,” Mr Chipenzi said.
Meanwhile Mr. Chipenzi has implored on government to arrest the continued depreciation of the Kwacha as it is harming the country’s economy.
He challenged the Bank of Zambia and Ministry of Finance to
tell the Nation exactly what is causing the unprecedented depreciation
of the Kwacha.
“This depreciation has spurred an increase in commodity prices across the country. It is important that government quickly arrests the situation before it harms the economy any further. This is the first time local currency is hitting a record K11.00 per pound and the relevant authorities seem to have no clue on how to contain the problem.
We challenge the Bank of Zambia and Ministry of Finance to tell the nation exactly what is causing this unprecedented depreciation of the Kwacha. The silence that is coming from these two public offices is surprising,” Mr Chipenzi added
The Campaigners have also challenged government tell the nation where the 44.2 million allocated towards the constitution has gone if it is saying it has no money for the referendum.
“We also want to know where K44.2 million for the constitution which was allocated in the 2014 estimates of expenditure is, for the government to say that it does not have money for the referendum. Has it diverted it to support the bloated Cabinet?” Wondered Mr Chipenzi.
The Black Friday Campaigners are a consortium of NGOs formed to immediately after the removal of subsidies to demand for the reinstatement of fuel and agriculture input subsidies.