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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has dismissed reports that he was a stooge of Western imperialists and described the sentiments as noise and politicking urging Zambians to distinguish noise from substance.

Speaking yesterday during the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, President Hichilema said he was not a stooge of anybody but of Zambians and loved being their stooge.

Mr. Hichilema said under his administration, the economic restructuring agenda was number one because without it, it would be difficult to rebuild the economy which had collapsed in the last few years.

President Hichilema said the UPND leadership would not waste resources but would ensure that it works within the budget framework in rebuilding the country’s economy.

He said the world has heard and taken note that the UPND administration was disciplined, prudent and credible in the utilisation of resources in the eight months it has been in government.

 “Politics is not a game and we said it while in the opposition that it’s not a game but serious business and we have seen it,” he said.

The President directed the Drug Enforcement Commission to finalise the Drug and Substance Control policy in line with the international framework.

Mr. Hichilema said drug abuse was a big problem because it was deeply rooted in the country and would only be resolved if it was accepted as a challenge.

He said drug abuse was part of the dreadful system that diverted money away from investments and closely linked to corruption.


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