‘No immediate solution to economic crisis’

THERE is no immediate solution to the fall of copper prices at the international market and the load shedding as suggested by UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and therefore he must stop cheating the people of Zambia that he has the solution to end load shedding, political commentator Oliver Bwalya has said.

In an interview yesterday, Mr. Bwalya said if Mr. Hichilema had the solution to the fall of copper prices at the London market he could have offered the world the solution a long time ago but what he was doing was just politicking.

Mr. Bwalya said Zambia did not need a leader of Mr. Hichilema’s agenda which did not recognise the fact that those in leadership were trying hard to ensure that the economy did not crumble down by encouraging diversification.

“I am heartbroken to see how the opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema is bad mouthing the PF leadership over the fall of copper prices on the market. Mr. Hichilema is saying things as if he has the solution to the fall of the copper prices when in fact he has none. I have to warn the people of Zambia that Mr. Hichilema’s interest is to become president of the country and has no solutions to the global market at all,” said Mr. Bwalya.

He said there were so many untruthful statements misleading the people ofo Zambia about the crisis the nation was facing, blaming it on President Edgar Lungu when it was well known that nothing could be done to stop the water from the Kariba Dam from drying to the current levels.

Mr. Bwalya said a good leadership that has respect for the people of Zambia should learn to tell the truth and offer hope by explaining what was happening rather than taking advantage of the situation to build a political kingdom which cannot last.

“HH is building a political kingdom which will not last in this country because it lacks truth. He is told the people of Zambia that he has the solution to the problems of load shedding and he has the problems to the mines or copper.

Tell me why hasn’t he offered those ideas to Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi, Namibia and Botswana among the countries facing low copper prices and closure of mines due to load shedding as a consultant on a monitory basis in order for the people to see what he can do? Zambians don’t be fooled. Hichilema is a businessman and his interest for presidency is to secure his businesses,” said Mr. Bwalya.