Petition delay is plays havoc on economy, says EAZ

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A farmer displays agricultural produce during an exbition at Arcades shoping centre in Lusaka. This is part of the independence celebrations in Lusaka

THE Economics Association of Zambia (EAZ) has called on the Constitutional Court to expedite the presidential election petition as it is affecting the country’s economy.
Association president Chrispin Mphuka observed that having no Minister of Finance for a long period was likely to put the country in an economic crisis.

Dr. Mphuka observed that even though President Edgar Lungu was temporarily in charge of every ministerial position in the country, it was impossible for him to run all the ministries alone, especially the Finance ministry.

He also noted that investors who had interest in undertaking projects in Zambia were holding on to their money due to the leadership vacuum currently prevailing in the country.
Dr. Mphuka told the Daily Nation that the longer the court process took, the more it would affect the country’s ability to attract investment.

“There is definitely growing uncertainty in the economy in view of the presidential petition before the Constitutional Court. The economy is being affected, as the investors during this period are playing a wait and see game until they are certain the situation is stabilized in the country.

‘‘They become reluctant with their plans of investing in Zambia because there are no leaders,” Mr. Mpuka said.

The delay in the court process would also delay the budgeting process for 2017.

“The passing of the Budget will be affected because this time we would have been finalising the Budget and clearly having no Minister of Finance to a certain extent will have adverse effect in terms of the management of the economy,” he said.

Dr. Mpuka has since appealed to Constitutional Court to ensure that the presidential election petition was resolved as soon as possible so that the country’s economic affairs could normalise.

“It will be better if the Constitutional Court expedites the process so that things are resolved quickly, because if that is not done there will be adverse effect in terms of the management of the economy, especially of having no Minister of Finance. Let them resolve the petition so that we can see everything coming back to normal,” he

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    • Even more damaging is the way we conduct our elections which creates petitions to that add the gross mismanagement of resources by the leadership.

  1. Correction, it’s not leaders who damage our economy . Most Zambians are thieves. They steal drugs from hospitals, they fake purchases at FRA, they want kickbacks before rendering services. Even you in Upnd have members with such habits. Corruption is everywhere in this country. It’s easy a minister is corrupt than to admit our own shortcomings.

  2. @ Ndanje khakis. You are wrong. If the leader engages and encourages stealing, what example is he setting for the rest of the nation? A leader should not engage in stealing and should be abiding by the rules of law. when there is no law and order in a country it is each one for themselves, the people that suffers are the innocent children.

  3. “Chrispin Mphuka observed that having no Minister of Finance for a long period was likely to put the country in an economic crisis.”

    Mr Mphuka, our economy IS ALREADY IN AN ECONOMIC CRISIS! And what have we had for the last five years? A Minister of Finance?

    What we have had is a senile old dinosaur that got given a job because he was Satas uncle! Whose proven skills were BANKRUPTING ZAMBIA ONCE BEFORE! And now he has been given the chance to do it TWICE!

    Just be a little patient and let us do it right this time. We have a huge task to dig Zambia out of this massive debt SH1T HOLE we have been dumped into by incompetence and corruption of PF.

    We need a MIRACLE!

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