….as CAPIZ blames leaders for high levels of poverty

LOWER fuel prices will be key to reducing the cost of living in the country, says Christians against Poverty in Zambia (CAPIZ) president Gregory Chileshe.

Mr Chileshe said he was opposed to the continued high cost of living in the country when various programmes were there to ease the livelihood of the people.

He said leaders were to blame for the high levels of poverty in Zambia because they failed to translate their promises into action.

He explained that everything about oil going up or coming down at world markets had a spiral effect on every country like Zambia that depended heavily on oil. He said despite the promising policies that were initiated by relevant authorities, the country had remained the same even after independence because of the failure to put such policies into practice.

“Can the Government be serious on the programmes to deal with poverty alleviation, because monies are disbursed for various projects while poverty levels are still high in the country One wonders who is benefiting from this tax-payers money at the end of the day,” he said. Mr Chileshe said tax-payers’ money should be shared equitably, adding that even the reduction of  prices of  crude oil on international markets should translate into better living standards for the people..

He saw the importance of balancing the economy of the country if development was to be realized.

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