Former president Rupiah Banda has advised Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to offer solutions to government on how it could develop the country other than just criticizing.
He said the civil society should never tire in engaging leaders on various issues affecting the nation.
Former President Banda said during the launch of the project on the increased accountability and dialogue on political party manifesto development in Zambia by FODEP that CSOs should not only concentrate on critising government but that they should also offer solutions to the challenges facing the country.
Banda also said re-introducing windfall tax had potential to scare away investors in the mining industry.
Mr Banda indicated that implications of introducing the windfall tax are huge on the nation and may result in the loss of jobs in the mining industry.
He was speaking when he officiated at the launch of the project on the increased accountability and dialogue on political party manifesto development in Zambia by FODEP.
He said it is unfair for Zambians to think that foreign investors can continue investing in Zambia when they are over taxed.
And FODEP President Shepherded Chilombe bemoaned the failure by successive governments to fully implement their manifestos.
He said it has become a common feature in Zambia for Politicians to depart from their manifestos once they are ushered into government.
“The politicians come and tell us all manner of sweet promises which they never fulfil,” he said.