Felix Mutati says Zambians should not be scared of the IMF bail out package because it’s not as bad as some politicians have said it will be.
Mr Mutati who is a former commerce Minister in the MMD government said the bail out is good for the nation because of the economic hardships that the country has faced in the recent past.
He said that the IMF will come with their proposal and big English words but that what is important was for the government to strike a deal which will not hurt the people more than they are already hurting.
He was however quick to mention that people should expect to make some adjustments economically as there will be some sacrifices which will be required from everyone so as to take the country on the right economic path.
He said people will need to sacrifice on the cost of electricity, transport and other areas.
He said the country will also need to interrogate whether perpetual subsidies was good for the nation or the current fuel procurement system is good for the country among other things.
He said having been in government before MMD knows that it made some mistakes and the PF have made some mistakes but that working together as a united front no challenge is insurmountable if people worked as a united front.
The country is expected to strike a deal with the IMF in the next few weeks to help the nation recover from its economic challenges a scenario that has the public worried as it is generally expected that the economic situation for households will negatively be affected.
On the political fortunes of the former ruling party, Mr Mutati says he anticipates former members who left for “whatever reasons” returning to their party.
He said the party will start talking to them as soon as possible so as to try and convince them to return though he was quick to mention that he anticipates negotiations to be hard.
The MMD did not filled in a presidential candidate but supported the candidature of President elect Edgar Lungu.