By Nation Reporter
IT IS not out of hatred, envy or malice that the United Party for National Development (UPND) has been criticising the Patriotic Front (PF) governance style but out of the love for Zambians who are suffering, Hakainde Hichilema has said.
He said Zambia was facing a mealie meal crisis and the sooner Government curbed the smuggling and illegal importation the better because many Zambians were finding it difficult to afford the commodity because of the soaring prices.
Mr Hichilema, who is United Party for National Development (UPND) president, said it was the responsibility of Government to deal with the mealie meal shortage in the country by curtailing smuggling and illegal export of the commodity.
He said the UPND started sounding the warnings about the impending mealie meal shortage as far back as July in 2015 because, according to him, Government had allowed the exportation of a lot of maize without considering the country’s reserves.
The UPND leader bragged that his party and its leadership had the solid agricultural background and could have done better in managing the food security of the country.
He said Government should avoid ridiculing the opposition political parties each time it was criticised because it was through such criticism that checks and balances were provided for the good governance of the country.
Mr Hichilema said it was unfortunate that Government had ignored the advice of the opposition against the exportation of maize and Zambians were now being subjected to high mealie meal prices as a result of the shortage of maize.
He said while the exportation of maize was good business, Government should have considered checking the national stocks before embarking on selling the grain to neighbouring countries.
“Make no mistake; Zambia faces a mealie meal shortage crisis. And this crisis is the complete responsibility of the Government for making no provisions to plan for this when they had the chance. When we talk about our colleagues in the PF and criticize them, it is not out of hatred but it is because we care for our fellow Zambians and see the suffering across the country,” Mr Hichilema said.