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FISP implementation is all talk and no substance

General NewsFISP implementation is all talk and no substance

Lusaka businessman and aspiring candidate for the position of president for PF, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, GBM, has described as disastrous the agricultural policy of the government of President Hakainde Hichilema.

Citing the Farmer Input Support Program, FISP, Mr. Mwamba says some councilors are already reporting instances in which a whole cooperative is being given a single pack which is more of a token than substance.

Mr. Mwamba has called on councilors, Members of Parliament, civil society, and the media to monitor closely the implementation of the agricultural policy under the UPND government and avoid relying on political pronouncements.

“Policy delivery is more important than policy pronouncements”, the seasoned politician with experience in government says. He adds, “Policy delivery is about experiences of potential beneficiaries and targets of the policy in question”.

One video that has gone viral features a councilor from one of the wards in Mufumbwe district who sums up the frustrations of the people in his area. He says after being encouraged to form cooperatives by government, people are shocked and angry that they are being given one pack.

“Where would this one pack take them”, the councilor asks.

Mr. Mwamba has expressed fear that the concerns raised in Mufumbwe may be a microcosm of what is happening across the country. He says, “in view of the strategic importance of government support to farmers and food security, monitoring the implementation and delivery of policy in the agricultural sector must be embarked upon speedily”.

He has warned Zambians against taking Mr. Hichilema by his word saying, “the man is full of self-praise and obsessed with attention-seeking”, adding, “when you get onto the ground, the picture is totally different”.

Mr. Mwamba says councilors, MPs, civil society, and the media owe it to the Zambian people to monitor the implementation and delivery of public policy and report without fear or favor any matters of concern associated with the process.

He says the phenomenon of praise-singing that has reached new levels under the UPND government must be countered with the truth so that wrongs are corrected in real time and failure of policy is avoided.

9 COMMENTS

  1. A few weeks ago… the President while on a campaign trail in Luapula said …” Fertiliser and other in puts are coming soon. I am a church elder in the 7th Day Adverntist. I dont lie” So iwe GBM you are now saying the president lied?

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  2. Even PF had the same late delivery issues in the beginning, and they improved, so what will stop UPND from improving. PF even said they would be more money in our pockets in 90 days but in ten years there was none, so let’s avoid attempting to look smarter

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  3. Same watsapp group with Kambwili, both told us that PF was the most corrupt party in the world and they are now seeking to be Presidents of the same party, though not elligible of course

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  4. GBM, are you now settled in PF or you will be dashing to the next party. Remember you and CK are in the same watsapp group of loose canons

  5. Under UPND what you are told and what you see on the ground are totally different. I will tell you what is on the ground. Fuel is at k24 per litre, mealie meal is at k175 per 25kg bag, farming inputs have not been delivered in most parts of the country, CDF is on paper, and no one has accessed it. Additionally, there are no medicines in hospitals and people are being told to buy everything. Electricity tariffs have been increased. When you try to voice out you get arrested. The praise singers are singing out of shame because they have nothing to show for while the president is travelling twice every week.

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  6. tHE PROBLEM WE EASILY FORGET AND USUALLY WE READ STATEMENTS BETWEEN THE LINES.REMEMBER THIS STATEMENT,’ WATCH MY LIPS’, A VERY IDOMATIC STATEMENT AND IT IS IN LINE WITH WHAT kci HAS SAID.NAFIFUMA SUTUFYE, NOT DIFFERENT.DONE kci, LELO ICISHINKA CILAKALIFYA.SHANI UKO BA PRAISE SINGERS!!!!!

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