President Michael Sata should empower medium and small scale local contractors in order to create employment opportunities for Zambians says UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema
UPND leader also expressed displeasure in the manner in which government was awarding major road contracts to Chinese companies and sidelining local contractors.
“It is a clear indication that the PF government is not concerned with employment creation in the country,” Hichilema said.
Hichilema said it was unfair for anyone to claim that the local contractors did not have the capacity to work on major roads in the country.
“If the local contrators dont have the capacity and machinary to handle major road projects government is to blame for not empowering Zambians,” he said.
Hichilema said all the foreign contractors who were currently working on major roads in the country had been empowered by their government from their countries.
“President Sata should understand that all the foreign contractors who come to Zambia have been facilitaed by their governments,” he said.
Hichilema said failure by the government to empower local contractors had the potential to reduce intra economic transactions.
“I have always said that the PF government is not serious with the governance of this country because they have also failed to empower local contractors,” he said.
Hichilema further accused the PF government of being corrupt with regards to the issuance of road contracts.
And a source from the National Association for Medium and Small Scale Contractors said most of their members were scared to complain for the fear that they would lose their jobs.
“Most of the membes of the association were scared to complain and it is not true that they can not handle major road projects in the country,” a source said.
But Hichilema described the situation as a dictatorship government in which zambians were scared to speak on issues which were affecting them.
“The president is a dictator and that is why even innocent citizens are now scared to speak on matters of national interest,” Hichilema said.
Hichilema said the only way Zambians could solve such problems was to be brave and say no to such kind of governance through the ballot box in 2016.