Political Advisor Gregory Chileshe has charged that in Zambia there is so much hunger than ever before and pain due to high levels of unemployment.
Evangelist Chileshe said high prices of essential commodities are afflicting on a daily basis and Zambians are not happy with the current trends in the country.
He noted that the unemployed are finding it difficult and are doing anything at their disposal for as long as it is making them buy something to eat for the day.
Evangelist Chileshe added that many in Zambia are going with one meal per day, per family and this is causing much pain and anger in many lives of people as prices of essential commodities keep increasing every day.
“Workers in many areas in Zambia need to be assisted to get salaries equaling to their labor. Many people working and trying to support a family on the minimum wage struggle to meet basic costs of living each week, everywhere, this time around both in the rural and urban areas. Zambia is seriously in poverty and a big amount of work in the short term needs to be done by government or else the pangs of poverty will flatten the people to inhuman conditions our eyes will never love to behold” he said
And Evangelist said that despite lowering official unemployment rates, there are also high numbers of people who are out of work and others only have a few hours of work per week, working almost for nothing.
He further stated that people are not even receiving unemployment payment support and such individuals have been out of employment for 12 months even longer than that.
“People who must be on disability support pensions, many of whom want to work; parents on pensions, many of whom want to work are languishing in poverty”
“Studies have shown that unemployment is more concentrated in rural areas and compounds of Zambia. Employment levels have been looking the same across some village and compound regions, still not taking more people into government jobs and when employed, you find it is those closer to the corridors of power or related or of the same tribe favored”
“Employment levels in richer townships have remained virtually unchanged while poorer compounds have declined in employment also due to high levels of urbanization which i wish to come and tackle later soon. Low levels of income from social security payments are also a major factor increasing poverty” Evangelist Chileshe said