CURRENT economic situation calls for greater support towards manufacturing and processing sector to increase incomes, says Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) media information officer Tendai Posiana.
Ms Posiana said development policies must aim at both economic growth and improvement in social wellbeing of the people as opposed to recording growth which hardly improves the actual human development.
She said development policy must be coupled with measures to ensure equality and equity in benefits of development.
There was therefore need to implement strategies to broaden the tax base consequently increase the tax revenue.
She said increasing production as well as a deliberate export policy to stabilize the balance of payment would have a positive effect on incomes.
“In a submission on high poverty levels in the face of sustainable economic growth made to Parliament to the committee on Economic Affairs, Energy and Labour, JCTR notes that currently, Zambia faces both high incidence and high severity and depth of poverty,” she said.
Ms Posiana said the nation had relied much on production and export of copper ore for economic growth and over-looked the importance of processing this ore locally to derive more high value products.
She said once manufacturing and value addition was improved, it could be an avenue for increasing social and economic development.
She said the reduction of poverty in Zambia therefore required intensifying processes of improvement in the processing and manufacturing sectors, adding that economic growth and better access to the markets were crucial requirements in reducing the number of people in economic poverty.
Ms Posiana said social development was at the core of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adding that poverty reduction required the generation and facilitation of opportunities for the vulnerable.
“Many vulnerable people often do not experience improvement in their standard of living even when there is overall national improvement because they have limited political participation, livelihood options and access to basic social services,” she said.
56 win injunction against NRP leader
The Lusaka High Court has granted an injunction to 56 tenants of plot No.9026M in Lusaka West, restraining National Revolution Party president Cosmo Mumba from interfering with their occupation of the said land.
Judge Mwinde Siavwapa granted the plaintiffs an injunction order to restrain Mr Mumba from interfering on the said property upon reading the affidavits in support of the summons for the interim order of injunction filed and an application by the plaintiffs.
Judge Siavwapa ordered that Mr Mumba whether by himself, agents, servants or whosoever be and hereby restrained from interfering with the plaintiffs’ occupation of the said land or issuing words or statements intended to cause injury to the plaintiffs or carrying out demolition of the structures built on the same property or interfering in obtaining documents of ownership from Government and disturbing their enjoyment of peace.
Order of costs for the application be in cause from the defendants.
The plaintiffs, who are tenants through Reuben Mambwe and Geoffrey Banda, said in their affidavit filed in the Lusaka High Court, that they were the tenants of the said property in Lusaka West after it was subdivided and given to them by MMD during its regime which was deserted and undeveloped since 1991.
They further indicated that they had caused that action against Mumba because of his violation against them.
Mr Mambwe and Mr Banda submitted that Mr Mumba had been using cadres to victimize, intimidate and disturb the plaintiffs and he buried some foundations and threatened to violently deal with the plaintiffs.
They further submitted that Mr Mumba was not the owner of the land and the plaintiffs were ready to compensate the registered owner of land in case he is found to spare their houses.
Mr Mambwe and Mr Banda indicated that they could not allow Mr Mumba and his party cadres to arrest them.
The plaintiffs humbly seek the indulgence of the court to grant them an order of injunction restraining Mumba from interfering with the plaintiffs’ occupation of the said land or issuing words or statements intended to cause injury to the plaintiffs or carrying out demolition of the structures built on the same property or interfering in obtaining documents of ownership from Government and disturbing their enjoyment of peace.
They also seek for costs and any other relief the court may deem fit.