The Green Party has expressed doubt whether the new dawn government will actualize the recruitment of 30,000 teachers this year.
The Ministry of Education recently disclosed that it will only embark on the recruitment of 30,000 teachers after the completion of about 115 stalled school infrastructure projects in the country.
Speaking to a local radio station Hot FM, Party President Peter Sinkamba said that the contradicting statements from the government clearly show that the pronouncement to recruit teachers was merely political rhetoric.
Mr. Sinkamba said that government does not have adequate resources to recruit such a huge number of workers and this decision will demoralize the unemployed youths who were promised jobs this year.
And speaking on Radio Phoenix on Friday, Mr Sinkamba questioned the sincerity of the new dawn administration’s talk of prudent use of national resources when President Hakainde Hichilema continues to make several international trips.
Mr. Sinkamba said that president Hichilema’s recent trip to South Africa which got social media talking is an abuse of the presidency after he travelled to that country for a purported courtesy call when in fact he went to attend a book launch by his friend Greg Mills.
Mr. Sinkamba said that time will come when the president has to account for several trips other than the trip to the USA, the South African trip for the expo, the climate change summit in the UK and the recent trip to Dubai which are the only business trips made so far.
His sentiments were echoed by New Heritage Party President Chishala Kateka who advised President Hakainde Hichilema to reduce international travel and work towards addressing the country’s challenges.
Ms. Kateka has observed that international travels are not doing Zambians any good amidst the high cost of living and that while it is important for the Head of State to travel to woo investors, he should also make efforts to enhance the business environment in Zambia.