MINISTER of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili has castigated United Party for National Development (UPND) and Rainbow Party leaders for misleading the nation that President Lungu is to blame for the depreciation of the Kwacha and the power deficit the country is experiencing.
Mr Kambwili, who is chief Government spokesperson, said at a rally in Kitwe yesterday that the depreciation of the Kwacha has been caused by global economic challenges that have affected even South African and Chinese currencies.
He said UPND should find other things to tell the Zambians which the Patriotic Front (PF) has not done rather than blaming the depreciation of the Kwacha and power deficit on President Lungu and the ruling party.
He said the load-shedding being experienced was purely because of the poor rainfall that was experienced last year. “President Lungu does not bring rains or control the dollar. People should not be cheated that President Lungu is to blame for the load-shedding and depreciation of the Kwacha. South Africa and China are also going through the same problem with their currencies,” said Mr Kambwili.
He said people like Rainbow Party leader Wynter Kabimba should not be taken seriously.
He also banned the wearing of berets and introduced PF-branded hats, saying some opposition political parties have been using berets to attack people to paint a picture that such acts were being committed by members of the PF.
PF deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri urged Zambians to continue rejecting opposition leaders who caused misery on Copperbelt residents through their role in the privatisation of mines.
Ms Phiri said the voting pattern in Southern Province should show citizens from other provinces to avoid voting on tribal lines.
She also cautioned new members against causing confusion in constituencies by fighting incumbent members of Parliament in their quest to be adopted ahead of the 2016 elections.
She also urged the Copperbelt PF leadership to remain focused.
Deputy Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Richard Musukwa said President Lungu will not allow the closure of mines because of the drastic fall of copper prices on the international market.
Mr Musukwa said PF is a party for the poor Zambians and that it will continue implementing policies aimed at bettering their social and economic welfare through the provision of farming inputs on time, construction of health, education and road infrastructure. PF chairman Stephen Kainga said the PF on the Copperbelt was still strong.