ZAMBIANS should ignore Patriotic Front (PF) ministers and their explanations on the removal of subsidies on fuel and maize because explanations would not bring food in the homes of the majority hunger stricken Zambians.
United Party for National Development (UPND) Chairman for Labour Percy Chanda said Zambians should not waste time listening to the explanation of PF ministers on the removal of subsidies on fuel and maize, but should spend that time looking for food for themselves.
Mr Chanda was reacting to media reports where President Michael Sata was quoted instructing his ministers to go out and explain to the people on why the PF Government had removed subsidies on fuel and maize.
Mr Chanda, who is former PF Kankoyo Member of Parliament (MP), said the only logical explanation to the removal of subsidies was affordable food for every Zambians.
“Hunger has no any other explanation, apart from food on the table. What good is there, after listening to these PF liars, and then you go back home and find no food. So it is better for Zambians to ignore these PF liars and their explanations and go out to look for food for themselves,” Mr Chanda said.
Mr Chanda also said the ministers who have been sent to explain the removal of subsidies on fuel and maize would be using free fuel, free lodging and other hefty allowances whilst Zambians were wallowing in hunger.
He said the exercise of sending ministers out to go and explain government decision of removing subsidies on fuel and maize was another careless spending of national resources, which would just increase government expenditure further
“These ministers who have been sent to explain to the people the removal of subsidies, they will be using free fuel, free lodging and on top of that, they will be paid hefty allowances at the expense of the poor Zambians. Such is another careless spending of national resources which would just increase government expenditure further,” He said.
Mr Chanda wondered why the PF government was not explaining to the people the effect of the subsidies on the poor, saying there was no amount of sugar-coating, intimidation that would change the reality that the PF government was bent on killing the poor in the country so that it remained with the few rich ones.
“You cannot introduce such a harsh measure in a country where the unemployment levels is close to 80 per cent. You are simply killing the poor. Even those who are working will be turned into destitute as they will not afford the cost of living from their meagre earnings.
“Malnutrition will not only be for children, but for adults as well because people to eat a balanced diet,” He said.