Saturday, November 22, 2008

UPND MP calls for defined family size

COMMENT - Hamududu said currently the population was growing at a fast rate, which the economy could not sustain. - then the economy should grow faster. If a mere 11 million people is too much for these politicians to deal with, they should step down and let someone less incomepetent have a go at it. The problem is that Zambia is underdeveloped, not that the population is too large.

UPND MP calls for defined family size
Written by Gillian Namungala
Saturday, November 22, 2008 8:55:50 AM

BWEENGWA UPND member of parliament Highvie Hamududu has stressed the need for Zambia and other African countries to define the family size. In an interview, Hamududu said the economy could be sustained and controlled if the family size were defined.

"Zambia and Africa in general needs to come out clear on the carrying capacity of the economy in relation with the population and economic empowerment," he said.

Hamududu said currently the population was growing at a fast rate, which the economy could not sustain.

He said the failure by Zambia and Africa to define the family size would have a negative impact on the economy.

"A family size should be defined across the board whether rich or poor so that we arrest the population explosion and increase economic gains," he said.

Hamududu cited China, which had a population of over a billion as one country that had managed to control its population and economy.

"China has the biggest population but government and families are able to plan, look after their offspring and afford quality education," Hamududu said. "My call is that government must take the bull by its horn and aim to chop the population."

He said it was unfortunate that the current economic growth had not improved people's living standards.

Hamududu said Zambia should respond to the calls by top economists who had suggested that African countries define the family size.

"Zambia must as well forget to grow economically if the number of children in a family is not clearly defined," he said.

Hamududu suggested that the family size should be reduced to three or four.

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