As the biting week long fuel crisis intensifies in Lusaka and other cities in Zambia, opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema found himself lining up to buy the commodity at Total Filling Station in Lusaka’s Kabulonga area.
Mr Hichilema told accompanying Journalists that he has been forced to queue up for fuel because the fuel crisis is affecting every Zambian.
He said the fuel crisis is due to the PF’s government lack of planning and prudent management of public resources.
Mr Hichilema who was mobbed by large crowds accused the PF of mismanaging the economy by appointing a large number of Deputy Ministers and inducing a lot of parliamentary by elections.
He charged that President Edgar Lungu has no capacity to manage the Zambian economy.
‘These bye elections are caused by a greedy regime that does not care about public finance management. Just now we will have another three bye elections at the expense of development. This fuel crisis is because they fail to plan, simple,’ Mr Hichilema said.
‘When you are in a resource constrained economy like ours, you need to manage these resources prudently but that is not the case with our friends in the PF.
This is a wasteful regime, in fact the worst in the history of our country,’ he said.
Mr Hichilema said the sharp declaration of the Kwacha is another testament that under the PF government , the Zambian economy has deteriorated.
‘Look where the Kwacha is, yesterday it was 7:40 to a dollar. Edgar Lungu cannot fix the Kwacha the same way he cannot fix the fuel crisis. Zambia needs economic managers to supervise the affairs of this nation because the biggest problem facing Zambia today is around the economy,’ he said.
Mr Hichilema added, ‘ By now we need to know the national consumption levels and break them down by regions and plan ahead fr stocks. It is irresponsible to have a fuel crisis in this day and age.’
He also claimed that corruption offered by PF officials to middle men in the fuel supply chain are also to blame for the challenges being faced in the supply of the commodity.