The Patriotic Front (PF) has said that it is uneducated for the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to allege that last year’s fuel price reductions was a political gimmick by the Patriotic Front (PF) Government.
In a statement released to the media today by Sunday Chanda, the vice Chairperson for Media and Publicity Committee, PF said that Mr Hichilema should know better that the the price of fuel in Zambia does not depend solely on the government’s wishes.
Below is the full statement
HAKAINDE HICHILEMA IS A HYPOCRITE– STATEMENT BY SUNDAY CHANDA, VICE CHAIRPERSON, MEDIA AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE
Lusaka, Zambia, 13th May 2015 – It is uneducated for the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to allege that last year’s fuel price reductions was a political gimmick by the Patriotic Front (PF) Government. Mr. Hichilema, with his exposure, must know better that there is a recognised and automatic system of adjusting domestic fuel prices with the rise and fall of fuel prices in the international market. Mr. Hichilema must know better that as a non-oil producing country, the price of fuel in Zambia does not depend solely on the government’s wishes. Mr. Hichilema knows too well that Government reduced of fuel last year as international market prices went down. The PF Government ensured that with the fall in prices of fuel at the time, the relief was passed on to the people. That is what an ethical Government does. Unlike UPND, PF is not driven by expedience but it’s deep seated committed to the people of Zambia.
PF remains committed to creating a better life for all Zambians and the track record speaks for itself. President Lungu’s commitment to a transformative agenda speaks for itself. This is the exact opposite Zambians witnessed with Mr. Hichilema’s brutal and anti-people privatization exercise. PF therefore remains committed to ensuring that when prices drop, the benefits will once again be passed on to the people.
It therefore remains political bluffing for Mr. Hichilema to allege that the PF has failed. We are ready to publish once more and for Mr. Hichilema’s sake, the accomplishments President Lungu has scored in his first 100 days. Zambians know that while HH spent the first 100 days following his fourth consecutive loss under the tutelage of the infamous cartel, President Lungu spent his first 100 days making serious national decisions which have been commended by those with the gift of knowledge.
Lastly, it is Mr. Hichilema’s illusion to think he can become the next Michael Chilufya Sata just by jumping from one minibus to the next. Zambians know that such political stints by Mr. Hichilema are cosmetic because he remains a bourgeoisie and a friend and mouth-piece of capital. His remarks and desperate stints must therefore by the UPND leader must therefore be disregarded with the contempt it deserves by Zambians. He has no capacity to manipulate and lie to Zambians.
Issued by: Sunday Chilufya Chanda, Vice Chairperson, PF Media and Publicity Committee