Zambian Watchdog

Sata fears UNIP food riots, admits Kwacha is now worthless under PF

January 07
13:34 2013

President Michael Sata has expressed great concern over the transport system in the country.

Mr. Sata said the current transport system in the country was not as reliable as it was Zambia just got independence.

He said there was therefore need to improve the transport system in order to ease movements of goods and people.

He also wondered why Zambia has no national airline when it has qualified people in strategic positions to help establish and run such modes of transport.

The President said this at State House today when he swore in Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Permanent Secretary Julius Shawa.

Meanwhile, President Sata has directed relevant authorities to ensure that the rebasing of Kwacha is properly done by the end of this year.

He noted that although the Kwacha has already been rebased, there was need to have the process completed successfully.

Mr. Sata regretted that the Kwacha has continued to have less value as compared to other foreign currencies.

On the other hand, the President has urged ministers to serve and protect the people who voted for them.

Mr. Sata said this in reference to the increase in mealie meal prices that the nation has experienced in the recent past.

He said he does not want to see the country experience any food riots as was the case in one of the previous regimes.

The President has since held a closed door meeting with the millers at State House immediately to find a way forward on the issue of mealie meal prices.

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