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Zambia: SP leader accuses Hichilema’s govt of failing to deliver on promises



The leader of Zambia’s Socialist Party (SP), Dr Fred M’membe, has, again, accused the President Hakainde Hichilema-led administration of failing to deliver on promises made to citizens.

M’membe also alleged that Hichilema had turned his administration into a tyrannical and repressive government scared of Zambians because it had failed.

M’membe who made the allegations while addressing a press conference in Lusaka on Friday, claimed that the President had not only “taken away the rights to assembly, association and freedom of speech from the opposition, but had imposed on ordinary Zambians hardship and suffering in the name of implementing austerity measures.

“When leaders are scared of their people because they have failed to deliver, they become tyrannical and repressive as a means to stop everyone from discussing any issue affecting the economy and that’s what this government has become,” the SP leader said.

He added that at the outset, the opposition thought the police were being overzealous when they denied them permits to hold meetings and rallies, but that it was now clear the security agencies were doing the bidding of the government.

“Can austerity measures take away our rights to assemble, freedom of association, freedom of speech and freedom of association,” he queried.

He further claimed that the government did not want its people to complain about the status of the economy hence its resort to repression and tyranny.

“Why should leaders be scared of their own people? Government is scared of its people because it is not fixing what it promised them,” M’membe emphasized.


Zambian govt begs citizens in diaspora to help attract foriegn investment



The Zambian government has called on its citizens in the diaspora to help in attracting foreign direct investment to the country in the face of the economic challenges the nation is going through.

Chief Government spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa, who made the appeal in Addis Ababa during a dinner hosted by Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Rose Sakala, for the Zambian delegation that participated in the 37th African Union (AU) Ordinary Summit for Heads of State and Government, urged the diaspora citizens to portray Zambia’s image positively to the outside world so as to encourage foreign investors to invest in the country.

In a statement issued in Lusaka by the First Secretary for Press and Tourism at the Zambian mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, inutu Mwanza, Mweetwa who is also Zambia’s Minister for Information and Media, said Zambians living abroad are the country’s flag carriers who should ensure that the good image of the country was portrayed at all times.

“It is important for those working abroad to look out for available opportunities and best practices to make Zambia better,” Mweetwa said.

Also speaking, Minister of Education, Douglas Syakailma, who also attended the event, called for hard work among Zambians.

“The AU theme for the year 2024 on Education, provides an opportunity for the government to re-look at aspects of education that require more attention to improve the education system,” he said.

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‘Nigerians living in scary times under Tinubu, APC’— PDP



Nigeria’s major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has, once again, lampooned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the hardship, hunger and economic challenges the country is facing under its watch.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, who raised the alarm on Tuesday, said the living conditions of Nigerians under the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is so poor that Nigerians are currently living in “scary times” in the country.

Ologbondiyan who was a guest on a television programme, blamed President Tinubu and his economic policies for the worsening living conditions of Nigerians.

The PDP spokesman said in the past nine years that APC has been in power, it has displayed arrogance in failure and a tendency to purely pursue individual interests.

“What we have said several times over the years are coming to fruition, that the APC is not a political party; it’s a special-purpose vehicle, and a conglomeration of individuals who came together to pursue their individual personal gains,” Ologbondiyan said.

“Therefore, they have no mission, they have no vision, they have no policies or programmes. And that’s why we’ve found ourselves where we are now.

“Actually, the greatest thing for any leader is to be humble enough to admit errors. But what we’ve found over the years, in the last nine years now, is seeing APC displaying arrogance in failure.

“Rather than listen to other people, they are pretending to know it all; the insensitivity that ‘we can do it’ and that what other people are saying does not matter.

“Nigerians are in scary times under this government and everybody is affected both the people in government and the ordinary man on the street,” he stated.

The PDP image maker also blamed the APC government and Tinubu for his hurried decisions to remove fuel subsidy and float the naira which had led to “high inflation, low productivity, business collapse, job losses, poverty, hunger, insecurity and hopelessness in the country.”

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