SPECIAL Assistant to the President for Project Implementation and Monitoring, Lucky Mulusa has castigated Zambians who are in the habit of tarnishing the image of the country for their selfish benefit.
Mr. Mulusa said it was unfortunate that some Zambians, including the educated, were on a crusade to speak ill of their own country for purposes of meeting their selfish political desires without taking into account the damage they were causing to the country.
He said there should be a marked difference between the educated and those from humble educational backgrounds in criticising Government stating that it was regrettable that it had become fashionable for some politicians to condemn government to please their pay masters.
“There are some educated Zambians who have fallen prey to negative comments. When you are a professor, for instance, I think you should ensure that your criticism is well thought out. Your contribution should be structured on the same lines as a thesis, with the problem properly laid out and solutions.
Mr. Mulusa said this when he addressed diplomatic staff at the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa.
He said he decided to visit South Africa to learn how it had modelled some of its ministries in conformity with the national planning and evaluation.
Mr. Mulusa pointed out that Zambia had, for a long time, suffered from a lack of reliable information platforms from which balanced and accurate material could be sourced.
He said the only readily and easily accessible sources of information were those which offered negative perception about Zambia such as social media and some unpatriotic media outlets which he said had caused a lot of damage to the country’s image especially to prospective investors.
He said President Lungu was fair leader who had continued to ensure that development was spread across the country including to places where he had been rejected during elections.
He said the current poor performance of the Kwacha was worsened by lack of proper coordination of Government departments which were sourcing their foreign exchange from the open market instead of going to the central bank.
“This tends to cause shakes to the economy because usually the amounts syphoned out of the economy for the procurement of fuel are huge. Road contracts which are in the hands of Chinese companies have also contributed to the shortage of foreign exchange in the country as most of the money paid to them is taken out of the country,” Mr Mulusa said.
And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba, said the mission was focused on forging closer links with that country