President Sata responds to Mr. Hichilema’s claims

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His Excellency Mr Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia, has advised UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to take advantage of his open-door policy and engage the Government with sobriety and maturity.

The Head of State’s remarks follow Mr. Hichilema’s claims that the PF Government was mismanaging the affairs of the state.

President Sata urged the UPND leader to always seek positive and objective dialogue with the Government on various matters of national interest.

“Zambians are fatigued with his bitter, repetitive and empty rhetoric and as custodians of the people’s interests we refuse to be dragged to his lower levels of petty discourse. Our focus or preoccupation is to discuss policy, achievements and challenges so far and projections for the future growth of this country,” President Sata said.

“To this effect, I have recently endeavoured to inform the nation on several issues ranging from infrastructure development, industrialisation, job creation, the economy [the real GDP growth, inflation, Commercial Bank’s lending rates and the country’s debt],rural development, achievements in the health sector as well as an update on the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).

“Lastly, I would encourage Mr. Hichilema to utilize my facebook page and other Government communication platforms to insulate himself from reckless rumour mongering and speculative claims about the economy and the general growth of this country.”

Issued by:

GEORGE CHELLAH
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

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