The Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) has approved newly elected President Edgar Lungu’s intention to find ways of avoiding by elections in order to cut costs.
ZCTU Secretary General Cosmas Mukuka said the congress fully supports the President’s intentions because the country has various developmental needs that require resources.
He said national development has suffered at the expense of meeting huge costs of holding by elections at various levels.
In a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr Mukuka noted that though democracy is not cheap, it is more logical to avoid wasting government resources on by elections and fund development projects to improve livelihoods.
Mr Mukuka stated that there have been persistent calls to uplift the standards of livings among workers and the general public.
He said the trade union will support any plans by government to avoid costly elections in order to channel such expenditure on public spending.
The trade union leader added that the trade union is also pleased that President Lungu has directed state house staff not to block the public from seeing him.
Mr. Mukuka disclosed that it was impossible for ZCTU in the past to meet the president to discuss serious and urgent national issues that have remained unresolved such as the wage freeze, the dismissal of nurses and other labour related matters due to lack of access to the Head of State.
Meanwhile ZCTU has expressed gratitude to president Lungu for appointing Ms. Inonge Wina as Republican Vice President and hoped that her appointment will help unite the country.
Mr Mukuka urged the newly appointed Vice President to broadly speak on issues affecting people and women in particular.
He also urged the president to remain focused in his new position and improve the welfare of all Zambians including in areas where the Patriotic Front was rejected.
He appealed to all stakeholders to support government’s efforts in developing the country and uplifting the standard of living of the masses.