UPND Vice President for Administration Geoffrey Mwamba says it is relieving to hear that President Edgar Lungu intends to work from the Copperbelt for a period of 5 days starting next week.
Mr Mwamba in a statement says this is considering that President Lungu has in the past spent a lot of time visiting other countries when the country has numerous problems.GBM 1
He however notes that much as the Copperbelt trip is local, it still gives rise to extra costs to the government in terms of travel expenses, accommodation and allowances for President and the people traveling with him.
Mr Mwamba has since implored the President to be cognizant of these extra costs and limit his entourage accordingly.
He adds that President Lungu should use his time on the Copperbelt to meet mining houses to give reassurance to them over the power shortages that have severely affected their operations.
Mr Mwamba further states that President Lungu should also address the issue of cheap imported labour, stating that foreigners must only take jobs where a mining company has proved that the required skills are not available in Zambia.
He adds that the President must also take this opportunity to meet students and lecturers from Copperbelt University to provide solutions to the problems that have rocked the institution for almost a year now.
Mr Mwamba has further implored the President to address the ever rising cost of living which is worse for the people on the Copperbelt because of the closure of some mines.