By ROGERS KALERO
POORLY implemented populist policies like the free education and monthly review of fuel prices will continue to expose the UPND as an incompetent government which was governing the country on a trial and error basis, the Patriotic Front (PF) has said.
PF Copperbelt Media Director Munalula Moola said the policy of free education and the monthly review of fuel prices had raised more questions than answers which had exposed the incompetence of the New Dawn government.
Mr Moola was reacting to the hundreds of children at community schools in Petauke who were in limbo after their teachers reportedly deserted schools following the abolishment of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) fees through which they were being paid.
The new dawn administration abolished the PTA fees following its free education policy, but unfortunately some teachers working as volunteers who depended on the PTA fees for survival abandoned 41 community schools in Petauke, a situation which had left pupils stranded.
Mr Moola said before coming up with certain policies, the government should have looked at various aspects as opposed to being in a hurry to make announcements to excite people when the actual implementation was a serious misery.
In an interview in Kitwe yesterday, Mr Moola said it was embarrassing for the political party which promised people ‘Heaven on Earth’ to continue waffling and making policies and announcements which were not making sense to an ordinary Zambian.
“The UPND or is it the New Dawn policies do not make meaningful sense to the poverty stricken Zambians because the implementation is disastrous. One of the most disastrous policies is the free education policy which no parent has appreciated except the UPND itself.
“The problem with the UPND is that they sing their own praises. The issue of monthly revision of fuel prices is also another hopeless decision,’’ Mr Moola said