Opposition Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) President Edith Nawakwi has advised Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda to go out in the field and check what’s on the ground before making pronouncements that the country will have a bumper harvest.
And the opposition leader has advised republican President Edgar Lungu to stop being a tourist and attend to the country’s economic and social challenges.
Speaking when she inspected some maize fields in Kasisi Tuesday where she had gone for party mobilization Ms. Nawakwi advised the Minister to stop playing to the gallery and get on the ground so as to acquaint himself with what is obtaining on the ground deal to the bad rain season that has affected most the crops this season.
She observed that ever since Mr. Lubinda appointed as Minister he has issued statements which do not reflect what is on the ground because he is detached from the realities on the ground and has not taken time to investigate the impact of the lack of rains.
“Mr. Lubinda has been issuing statements from the comfort of his office at Mulugungushi house without taking time to investigate what is obtaining on the ground in terms of this years crop yield.
He is busy playing to the gallery instead of preparing the nation on what lies ahead because from what I have seen here almost every field has dried up yet our minister is telling us that the price of maize will be reduced,” the opposition leader said.
She added ” what is happening here has happened in most parts of the country because of the bad rains which has affected the country so I expect the minister and his government to put in measures to mitigate the situation as the country faces hunger.”
And Ms. Nawakwi has advised republican president Edgar Lungu to stop global trotting and attend to country’s challenges.
“Our president is busy moving up and down when the country has so many problems which needs his attention. I think the people here would be happier if they head that you are visiting kalikliki than Nambia or China because they are the people who voted for you.
My advise to him is that attend to our challenges because the people that voted for you are here and not in these countries you are visiting week in and week out,” she said.
Meanwhile the opposition leader has called on women in the country to stop being too dependant on the government because it will not sort out the problems they are facing.
She advised the women to find means of helping their families survive because government will not put food on their tables.