President Edgar Lungu has said that the government will not shut down the economy as a way of fighting the pandemic.
Speaking yesterday when he met a team of businessmen in Isoka, President Lungu said that others have called on him to impose a curfew, adding that this can not work unless people change their mindsets.
The President said that in the past some countries have shut down their economies and imposed curfews but this has not worked.
And the head of state said that preventing oneself from contracting Covid 19 is better than getting the vaccine for the disease because experts have not explained how long the vaccine will be in one’s body before the person can contract the virus.
President Lungu said that he was not in any way discrediting the vaccine but wants more information given out to the general public, adding that s the best way to prevent the virus is by adhering to health measures such as wearing of masks and maintaining social distance.
And the Isoka Chamber of Commerce has urged the government to open Kobwa Mine in Isoka District. Speaking on behalf of others Lawrence Kasonde said the mine has huge deposits of copper hence the need to open the mine.
Mr. Kasonde said that the mine will create jobs for people in Isoka. Mr. Kasonde urged the President to ensure that the contractor working on the Great North Road implements the twenty percent subcontracting policy.
The Head of State is in Muchinga Province for a 5-day working visit where he is expected to inspect various developmental projects and meet traditional leaders