Zambian Watchdog

Chipimo regrets removal of subsidies

May 18
12:14 2013

The opposition National Restoration Party (NAREP) leader Elias Chipimo jr . says the removal of subsidies by government is regrettable.

And speaking earlier, NAREP National Secretary Reverend Jevan Kamanga called on senior officers who will occupy offices at the new headquarters to work hard and promote the vision of the party.

Mr. Chipimo says government should have avoided the removing of all subsidies in one go but could have instead staggered the reductions over a period of 6 months so that the impact is minimized.

The NAREP leader also called on government to clean up the oil procurement process in order to avoid unnecessary costs and the over pricing that he said causes high pump prices.

ZANIS reports that the opposition leader said this at the launch of his party’s new secretariat in Lusaka, which will also be the party’s headquarters.

The launch of the NAREP headquarters was characterized by various activities that include singing and dancing, poems by college students and party youths plus drama and chanting of the party slogans.

Mr. Chipimo jr. called on Zambians to be part of the change they need to see in the country and have a desire for change.

Zambia needs a political consensus that is built on values and compelling vision for development that places people, who he said are the nation’s most precious resource,  at the very centre, he said.

He stated that his party will continue with its tradition of always being constructive in criticism and speak without insulting other political players.

Mr. Chipimo however regretted the removal of subsidies by government and suggested that government could have avoided removing all subsidies in one go and instead could have staggered the reductions over a period of 6 months so that the impact is minimised.

The NAREP leader also called on government to clean up the oil procurement process in order to avoid unnecessary costs and the over pricing that he said causes high pump prices.

And speaking earlier, NAREP National Secretary Reverend Jevan Kamanga called on senior officers who will occupy offices at the new headquarters to work hard and promote the vision of the party.

Rev. Kamanga said disclosed that NAREP was growing every day and that it has reached all corners of the nation where it never existed.

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