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BRACE FOR HARD TIMES, ZAMBIANS TOLD

By ROGERS KALERO

ZAMBIANS should brace for hard times following the decision by Government to work with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on various economic issues, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has said.

EFF Secretary-General, Changala Siame, said the decision to work with the IMF could lead to harsh conditionalities such as a wage freeze for civil servants.

In an interview in Kitwe at the weekend, Mr Siame said in most countries where the IMF plan has been implemented, economies have been devastated while people have been left in worse poverty situations.

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“In most countries where IMF plans have been implemented, strict austerity measures have left people in serious poverty. Those in government may be thinking they are fixing the economy, but they will end up fixing their own people.

“So, to the workers and Zambians in general, I must urge them to brace for hard times under the IMF programme. The decision by the UPND government will bring hell than heaven on earth. Let us wait and see. We are here to see,” Mr Siame said.

He urged President Hakainde Hichilema to clearly state his government’s position on homosexuality especially after he stressed that it was important to respect human rights.

Mr Siame said the EFF wanted to know if President Hichilema perceived homosexuality as an issue of human rights or a spiritual issue.

“Zambia has always been Christian nation and any Christian nation will not entertain homosexuality hence we would like President to clearly state his government’s position on homosexuality especially after he stressed that it was important to respect human rights,” he said

Mr Siame urged Zambians to reject any attempts to introduce homosexuality because it was unchristian and that accepting such evil, would be worse than being animals

“Our former President Edgar Lungu strongly refused to allow homosexuality in Zambia when he was in office. This is what created him enemies, but despite that he stood his ground.

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