Friday, January 02, 2009
Written by George Zulu in Monze
Friday, January 02, 2009 3:13:11 PM
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Southern Province coordinator Opper Hamiyanze has called on the government to give hope to Zambians by coming up with programmes that will reduce high levels of poverty in the country.
In an interview, Hamiyanze said poverty was a major economic challenge in Zambia, adding that there was need for the government and other stakeholders to find solutions to high poverty levels.
He said 2008 was a pathetic year for the country as it was faced with so many challenges, starting with the death of president Levy Mwanawasa and the crumbling down of world's strongest economies which subsequently affected developing nations such as Zambia.
Hamiyanze however, said it was a responsibility of a caring government to offer solutions and hope to its people, adding that Zambians should not forgive a government that failed to provide leadership in times of a crisis.
"A caring government should respond to issues of economic crisis with the urgency it deserves, it is a pity that the people of Zambia have been made to be beggars when the country is endowed with a lot of natural resources.
PF in the province is challenging government to respond to calls of addressing issues of agricultural inputs, road infrastructure, health and education, human resource for the rural population," he said.
He said 2009 should be a year of hope for Zambians, saying a repeat of failure to initiate and implement developmental programmes would go against the people’s hopes and aspirations.