Deputy minister for Commerce, Trade and Industry Raymond Mpundu says regime charge will not solve the country’s economic woes.
Mr. Mpundu says the electorate must not be hoodwinked by the opposition that the charge of government will solve the country’s economic woes.
He said the PF government under President Edgar Lungu and his predecessor late Republican President Michael Sata has performed exceptionally well.
The Deputy minister was speaking at the handover of 1, 951 pieces of furniture worth about Six Point Seven Million kwacha ( K 6.7 million ) to Kashita Secondary School in Nchelenge District of Luapula Province yesterday.
Mr. Mpundu, who is also Nchelenge Constituency PF Member of Parliament, said the economic challenges in the country is global and cannot be blamed on President Lungu and his administration.
The global economic meltdown and volatile climate conditions have not spared major economies citing South Africa as one example adding that Zambia is enduring this blatant reality, he said.
“ It will be folly and hash for the Zambian people to judge the PF government in comparison with past governments that the country has had because of different economic climates, ‘ said Mr. Mpundu.
He noted that the first republican President Kenneth Kaunda ascended to the highest office of the land when the Zambian currency had comparable advantages with the world’s major currencies because of competitive copper prices.
The Nchelenge lawmaker said the unstable copper prices and the volatile climatic conditions are at war with the good policies of the PF government and President Lungu’s administration.
Mr. Mpundu urged the people of Zambia and Nchelenge in particularly not to be swayed by political opportunists ahead of the 2016 general elections.
He said the Zambian people must be alive to these realities and give President Lungu and his team another five year mandate in order to grow the country’s economy.