Negative publicity hurting economy


ZAMBIA is suffering from unwarranted negative publicity which is hurting the country’s economy, the Patriotic Front (PF) has said.

PF chairperson for elections Emmanuel Mpakata said a group of individuals working in collaboration with some media houses had a launched a propaganda campaign against President Lungu and his Government with the aim of scaring away investors so that the growth of the economy could be stunted.

Mr Mpakata said there is need for concerted efforts in finding a solution to the economic problems the country was currently facing cautioning that the careless talk by some politicians had the potential to scare away foreign investment.

He said it was unfortunate that some opposition political parties were politicising the economic problems the country was facing without realizing the negative impact their comments had on the innocent Zambian.

“These negative comments are killing the Zambian people and we must understand that the economy does not segregate and it will not hurt the PF alone but all Zambians irrespective of their political affiliation. If the economy of the country is going to collapse because of poisonous speculation and unwarranted negative publicity, even the opposition members will be affected.

It is therefore being unpatriotic and imprudent for citizens to embark on a crusade to destroy the economy for political expediency, Mr Mpakata said.

Mr Mpakata challenged the opposition political parties to provide ideas and advise Government on how best the country could come out of its current economic quagmire if they had an agenda to genuinely serve the people.

“Let the opposition political parties bring ideas on how best to resolve the economic challenges. Let them help government provide solutions to the problems affecting the Zambian people, and not worsen the situation,” he said.

Mr Mpakata was commenting on recent media reports on the weakening and volatility of the Kwacha against international currencies.

Mr Mpakata said if there was a problem, the opposition must provide possible solutions to the Government for the benefit of all the Zambians instead of politicizing the problems thus affecting even their members.