UPND Vice President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has charged that Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda must be fired for mismanaging the economy.
And Mr Mwamba has observed that the current PF administration is very different from the PF which formed Government under the leadership of late President Michael Sata.
Mr Mwamba said Mr Chikwanda is responsible for the current economic woes that Zambia is experiencing.
He was speaking Sunday afternoon when he featured on a special Burning Issue radio program on 5 FM from his plush Kabulonga residence.
‘As much as some of these economic challenges are global in nature, as a Businessman i can tell you that my cousin Mr Chikwanda has failed to manage the economy, just look at the rate of the depreciation of the Kwacha, the man has failed to respond appropriately,’ Mr Mwamba said.
He added, ‘If it were up to me, i would have fired Mr Chikwanda a long time ago because he has failed to advise Edgar (President Lungu).’
‘Yes some of these things might be global but not at the extent at which the Kwacha is depreciating, as a Businessman, i am not able to plan. The blame should be on the President and his team, if i had a chance the first person i would fire today is my cousin Mr Chikwanda because he has mismanaged the economy.’
He continued, ‘Edgar is not being assisted at all. He has no economic background like myself and HH, he cannot even use his intuition and make certain judgements based on his experience, he is just a lawyer. He has not been a businessman before.’
Mr Mwamba also labelled the PF administration under President Lungu as a flop.
He said the current PF under President Lungu is different from the one that existed during the time of late President Sata.
‘May President Sata who is my mentor rest in peace, the man took me through the a lot of political lessons and that is why today i am one of the most outstanding politicians in Zambia but i will tell you about PF today, there is PF blue and PF Green,’ Mr Mwamba said.
He added, ‘The PF which is in power today is not the PF the people elected, the PF of today is now MMD, can you see the cabinet ministers appointed today? These are the Ministers we were fighting? Dora Siliya at some pointed insulted Sata and GBM when she came for a bye election in Kasama, Dr Kaingu tore Sata’s speech in Parliament right in our eyes.’
He said a lot of things have gone wrong under President Lungu adding that governance under the PF has crumbled including all key sectors of the economy.
‘Even if i was serving in PF today, i would have resigned out of principle, i would not have worked with Hon Siliya and Hon Kaingu.’
Mr Mwamba added, ‘Governance under the PF is a total flop, they don’t even know whether they are going backwards or sideways but let us not cry about spilt milk, we should move forward, we have 2016 to come, Zambians i have interacted with have realised that it is time to change government.’