Lusaka, Wednesday (June 19, 2024)

Socialist Party (SP) President Fred M’membe has expressed disappointment, but not surprise, over President Hakainde Hichilema’s decision to leave the country during ongoing crises.

Dr. M’membe noted that Zambia is currently facing a severe drought, which has been declared a national disaster, leaving over 6 million people in need of food aid.

He said, additionally, the country is experiencing daily power outages lasting up to 17 or 20 hours, significantly impacting both businesses and the daily lives of citizens.

Dr. M’membe criticized President Hichilema and his team for choosing to travel abroad for what appears to be personal and non-urgent matters, leaving behind a struggling nation.

He called into question the President’s priorities, emphasizing that the current situation in Zambia demands his attention and immediate action.

Dr. M’membe stressed that true leaders should be actively involved in resolving crises within their nation, and criticized President Hichilema for what he perceives as a lack of empathy, care, and support for the people during this difficult time.

He is concerned that the country is effectively being left to navigate the crises without proper leadership but on auto pilot.

This is contained in a statement issued by SP Director Media Brian Hapunda.

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