Ruling Patriotic Front (PF) Chembe Member of Parliament Sebastian Kopulande has said Poverty in Zambia has reached emergency proportions and the situation cannot be dealt with using orthodox formulas and approaches, reports Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde.
Speaking during the Lusaka District 413 Charter night for lions club of kapila at Cresta Gold View Hotel on 17th March, 2017, Kopulande expressed regret on high levels of poverty in the country.
He cited the recent Presidential address to parliament where President Edgar Lungu admitted that Poverty levels in Zambia remain unacceptably high, with 54.4% of the people living below the poverty line, nationally.
Kopulande further cited the head of state where he said the situation in rural areas is even worse at 76.6 %, affirming that the gap between the rich and the poor remains extremely high in Zambia.
The Chembe law maker has since stressed the need for the immediate intervention to fight poverty and deprivation in the communities which has become endemic in the country as opposed to merely talking about it as the President stated in parliament.
Kopulande implored the church, politicians, business persons and every well-meaning Zambian to take action because the current situation calls for unity and combined efforts with a new creativity in addressing the issue at hand especially that the President in parliament was honest and candid enough to admit that the current situation concerning poverty in Zambia need concerted efforts.
“The poverty situation in our country has reached emergency proportions and cannot be dealt with using conventional formulas and approaches”
“Yes, we can talk about it, but more importantly, as the President stressed, let us do something about it”
“More than ever before, the situation calls for unity and combined effort with a new creativity in addressing the issue” Kopulande said