The Address to Parliament by President Edgar Lungu yesterday fell short of giving solutions to the most pressing issues that Zambians are grappling with, UPND Mbabala MP, Ephraim Belemu has observed.
Speaking when he addressed journalists at the party secretariat this morning, Mr.Belemu said President Lungu shied away from addressing the widespread hate speech, high poverty levels, unemployment, national indebtedness and grand corruption that the nation is grappling with in preference for minute issues such as alcohol consumption.
“President Lungu was supposed to rise to the occasion and talk about issues affecting the nation such as hate speech and tribalism. If you don’t believe in tribalism, how do you make appointments? If you look at his Cabinet, you will see that he is highly biased. It doesn’t mean that this country is restricted to the few regions that he sources his Cabinet from,” he said.
“You can’t be talking about people that were rehabilitated from alcohol and substance abuse and you are giving figures. By the way, he shied from telling us how many from those people are in PF that were rehabilitated. He should have told us how many of those are leaders, how many are in the PF and Cabinet and if at all there is one in Parliament, but just to give a blanket figure is to fall short of addressing the most vexing issues,” he added.
He said it was insulting to the dignity and integrity of Zambians for President Lungu to talk of constituting a Commission of inquiry on gassing when contents from previous inquiries have been hidden from the public.
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