The opposition Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) has said that it was unfair to claim that the opposition is not providing alternative solutions to the current economic challenges in the country.
In response to President Lungu’s suggestion that the opposition are not offering any solutions, FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza told QFM News that opposition leaders have written to the Head of State in many instances seeking to meet and advise him, but that most of these letters have not been responded to.
Mr Mwanza said that FDD leader Edith Nawakwi just this month wrote to the President offering to help out in dealing with the current power deficit, but that her letter has not been responded to.
Mr Mwanza said that this clearly showed that the PF Government does not want to embrace outside ideas.
Mr. Mwanza said that the FDD Leader also offered to be consulted in arresting the kwacha which is depreciating at a fast pace, with her experience as former Finance Minister, but no one has agreed to listen to her ideas.
Mr Mwanza said that it is high time the PF Government embraced ideas offered by stakeholders if the current challenges are to be addressed.
Mr Mwanza said that this was not the time to think about personal interests but rather work for the benefit of the country’s economy.
Today President Lungu told journalist that people accusing him of not being a listening leader were not offering any solution to the current state of the country’s economy.
“Right now people are saying that I am not listening to any advice on the economic challenges we are facing but what options have they offered me? nothing at all, they want to deceive Zambians that Zambia is a classic case of a failed economy,” he said.
He suggested that politicians ought to dialogue and brainstorm on which measures could be taken in the interim to ensure that the situation did not get out of hand.
Meanwhile, President Lungu said that radical measures will be applied in the short-term to bring the country’s economy back on track, President Edgar Lungu has said.
Mr. Lungu said some of the measures might not be very palatable but were necessary in stabilising the country’s economy which has suffered from the negative effects of the latest global economic meltdown.
Copper prices have dropped on the international market forcing the Kwacha to depreciate against major global currencies.
“Everything is on course but obliviously we have challenges and we are trying to take immediate measures in the short-term which can bring us back on the rail.
“Fuel is a challenge; we are paying for it in hard currency, the mines; copper prices have gone down, the power deficit; but in the short term certain radical measures will have to be taken and some of them might not be very palatable, am afraid, but that’s the nature of the game,” the President said.