The opposition Rainbow Party has asked President Edgar Lungu to be candid in disclosing Zambia’s actual public debt when he opens Parliament this Friday.
Secretary General Wynter Kabimba said that the figures of Zambia’s actual debt stock are still in contention.
Mr. Kabimba said that President Lungu should also be wary of the major expectation from every Zambian as he opens Parliament this week on how government will address the issue of the economy.
In an interview with QTV News by telephone Mr. Kabimba said his party, in particular, has observed that the Zambian economy is depressed by public debt and does not seem to be growing.
Mr. Kabimba stated that his party’s assessment is based on how the economy is failing to address issues of the people and the high levels of unemployment in the Country.
Mr Kabimba said that Rainbow Party, like many other expectant Zambians, wants to know what President Lungu will therefore say about the Country’s economy this Friday in Parliament.
Mr. Kabimba said that his party equally wants to hear what the President will say about the issue of the mining companies, stating that if Zambia is benefiting from the mines, President Lungu should also tell the nation through Parliament how much in monetary terms, what these benefits are.
And President Edgar Lungu is this Friday expected to officially open Parliament. The significance of the Presidential address to the house will be to explain government policies and intentions. Chief Whip Stephen Chungu has told media that thereafter, Members of Parliament will debate the President’s speech. Mr. Chungu said the Minister of Finance will present the 2019 budget on September 28.
He has appealed to Members of Parliament to be sober when debating the national budget and approve it on behalf of the Zambian people. Mr. Chungu also said the sitting of the National Assembly will receive two new Members of Parliament.