- Bishop Mambo urged Government to follow the footsteps of Zimbabwe and actualise the cultivation of marijuana to generate revenue to revamp the dwindling economy.
By SILUMESI MALUMO
IT is a shame that Zambia is still toying with the implementation of a billion dollar marijuana strategy when struggling countries like Zimbabwe are already making fortunes out of the commodity, Chikondi Foundation, president John Mambo has said.
Bishop Mambo urged Government to follow the footsteps of Zimbabwe and actualise the cultivation of marijuana to generate revenue to revamp the dwindling economy.
The clergyman said the economy was in a sorry situation, hence the need to implement ideas that would revive the economy.
Bishop Mambo said if Zimbabwe could implement the cultivation of marijuana in a time, what would stop Zambia from doing that.
The government of Zimbabwe will next year introduce a cannabis levy to tap into the envisaged boom in the production of the crop follow-ing the decision to legalise and commercialise its farming.
Cannabis is used by leading pharmaceuticals the world over in the manufacturing of drugs and provides Zimbabwe with a potentially huge foreign currency earnings.
Bishop Mambo in an interview yesterday said Zambia’s economy was in the dire straits like that of Zimbabwe hence the need to follow the footsteps of the southern neighbour. “I have followed people like the Green Party leader Peter Sinkamba talking about it and many others, they are not talking from without but they have researched and know what good marijuana can do for the country.
“Let’s not pretend. We need to be serious as a country so that we implement ideas that will help us to move out of this mess,” Bishop Mambo said.