THE Patriotic Front has demanded that UPND president Hakainde Hichilema apologises for misinforming Zambians that Government had exported all the maize at US$ 200 per tonne and was now re-importing at US$500 per tonne.
The PF’s demand comes in the wake of Mr Hichilema’s visit to milling companies in Lusaka where he witnessed the milling of maize into mealie meal.
“Now that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has been caught in his own web of lies following his tour of milling plants in Lusaka, we demand that he personally apologizes to the Government and people of Zambia over his lies that Zambia had exported all the maize for $200 per tonne and imported the same for $500 per tonne. He further owes BBC an apology for feeding them with deliberate lies to propel his political ambitions,” Mr Sunday Chanda, a member of the PF media committee said.
He said Mr Hichilema should apologise because his lies of lack of maize was designed to present to the outside world that the Patriotic Front (PF) was irresponsible and did not care about the welfare of its people.
Mr Chanda wondered how Mr Hichilema expected the market to react when he misinformed the public of lack of maize.
“The PF Government informed the nation that mealie meal shortages in the country were as a result of smuggling, hoarding and panic-buying due to food shortage speculations fueled by among others but Mr. Hichilema lied on BBC that the country had no maize. We do not know how else Mr. Hichilema expected the markets and consumers alike to react when he lied that Zambia had exported all its maize for $200 per tonne
and importing it back in the country for $500!” he said
When Mr. Hichilema undertook a tour of milling plants in Lusaka he spoke about the challenges of load shedding and increased costs of production, as some factors which have raised the price of the commodity.
But Mr Chanda said Mr. Hichilema should be reminded that Zambians were not gullible as Zambians knew that the load shedding the country was experiencing was due to erratic rains and reduced water levels to propel our hydro-electric power generation.
“It is common sense that electricity load shedding leads to increased costs of production for respective sectors in the economy, including the milling industry. In responding to these challenges, President Lungu’s Government has made enormous investments in the energy sector which Mr. Hichilema is shy to acknowledge,” he said.