UPND Chairman for Finance and Economics Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane has dismissed allegations by the Patriotic Front suggesting that UPND president Hakainde Hichilema wrote a letter the Chinese government to stop funding various government projects because Zambia was facing serious debt crisis.
However Dr Musokotwane who is also Liuwa Member of Parliament has clarified and admitted that contrary to the allegations Mr Hichilema
in his letter addressed to the Chinese Ambassador only asked the Chinese government to tone down on its funding to the Zambian government because the country was in a serious debt crisis.
He says that Mr Hichilema’s letter to the Chinese Ambassador was done in good faith as he was requesting for an open relationship whose request was done in harmony.
In his letter Mr Hichilema was requesting for a continued relationship with the Chinese government as a future president and by asking how his relationship could be a win win situation to both.
And in responding to the allegations that the party leader asked the Chinese not to construct the Lukulu – Katanda road of Mangango Constituency, Dr Musokotwane has accused the PF of using that as an excuse for their failure to fulfill their promise to the voters in Mangango who had once voted for them in a by – election after telling them to vote for the PF if that wanted the said road to be constructed.
He adds that what Mr Hichilema said was to call for the recommendation that government should not borrow 1.2 billion dollars to construct the dual carriage way of the Ndola- Lusaka Road but the dual carriage way should only be done in areas where there was traffic like Katuba – Chisamba and Kapiri Mposhi of which the rest of the road can just be upgraded.
” It is not only the UPND who are not supporting the construction of the Lusaka – Ndola dual carriage way but even other government Ministries including the treasury who also feel it is not necessary to borrow that much for the construction of the road when there are other cheaper ways of constructing the road”, Dr Musokotwane has said.