Green Party leader Peter Sinkamba has observed that the size of the Zambian economy is a disgrace.
Mr Sinkamba said the small size of the Zambian economy is an indictment on all Zambians on their lack of productivity.
He said it is shocking that Zambia is the only country is Sub Saharan country that has seen its development index worsening over the years.
‘Around 1972, Zambia had a better GDP than Botswana and South Korea but today, these countries have made far better progress than we have and it is really a disgrace that the size of our GDP which is around US$ 20 billion equals that some private companies and some individuals in the western world,’ Mr Sinkamba said.
Mr Sinkamba who was speaking during a live Let the People Talk radio program challenged Zambians to change the way they think about the local economy if things are to improve.
He said Zambia needs a change of paradigm and political leaders that think outside the box.
‘Every politician that has come on the scene has told you the same lies. There is no innovation in their messages. We need ideas that will totally transform this economy and the Green party has proposed the medicinal marijuana project which has the potential to bring in US$ 10 billion a year,’ Mr Sinkamba said.
Mr Sinkamba said those opposed to his national medicinal marijuana project are victims of western propaganda against the growing of marijuana.
‘The problem is that our people have been indoctrinated for a very long time and I know that this will take time for people to fully understand what we seek to achieve for Zambia,’ Mr Sinkamba said.
The Green party leader revealed that the Drugs Act legalizes the cultivation of marijuana but in a controlled environment.
‘We already have a law that allows the cultivation of marijuana but we lack the implementation guidelines. We have since drafted a Bill which will provide for guidelines and controls for people willing to start the cultivation of marijuana, we have shared the bill with President Lungu, DEC Commissioner and a few stakeholders,’ Mr Sinkamba said.
He also challenged the Zambia Medical Association to come out in the open and defend the medical benefits of marijuana.
‘It is a pity that the medical association has chosen to keep quite when people are issuing wrong statements about marijuana. Just the other day, Mrs. Mbahwe, allowed my junior DEC officer to denounce the cultivation of marijuana but Mrs. Mbahwe knows the benefits but she has decided to remain mute about it,’ he said.