GOVERNMENT has appealed to Zambians to remain calm in the wake of the increase in the pump price of fuel.
Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said in an interview yesterday that Zambians must not panic because the increase in the pump price of fuel is not meant to punish them.
Dr Kambwili, who is Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said he will issue a comprehensive statement on the move by the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) to increase the pump price of fuel.
“I wish to appeal to Zambians to remain calm. I will soon issue a statement as to why Government allowed this move,” Dr Kambwili said.
And Minister of Finance Felix Mutati is on Thursday expected to inform Parliament on the state of the economy.
Mr Mutati said in a separate interview that his statement will address fears by some people that Zambia is headed for tough times.
On Friday, the ERB announced an increase in the pump price of fuel with petrol now costing K13.70 per litre from K9.87 while diesel is now pegged at K11.40 from K8.59 per litre.
Meanwhile, Patriotic Front Secretary General Davies Mwila has said that the removal of fuel subsidies will benefit the poor because the money saved will be channelled to socio-economic development programmes.
Mr Mwila said in an interview yesterday that the party has not departed from its pro-poor policies because it was founded to improve the lives of poor people.