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PROVIDE ROADMAP ON HOW TO ADDRESS UNEMPLOYMENT – KALABA

By SHERRY CHABALA

THE Citizens First party has called on the UPND government to provide a clear road map in addressing the escalating levels of unemployment among the youths.   

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Speaking during a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday, President Harry Kalaba said the continued delay in addressing the challenges surrounding Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) was contributing to the high levels of unemployment in Zambia.

Mr Kalaba said Government needed to formulate a strategy that would adequately have dealt with the challenges of the two giant mines in order to remove young people from destitution. Mr Kalaba said most young people on the Copperblet had been condemned into destitution because the UPND leadership was not addressing problems affecting them. He said the continued recruitment of men and women in uniform was not sufficient enough to address youth unemployment, advising that private sector-driven industries were key to addressing unemployment levels in the country.

“Our leaders seem not to be concerned with the welfare of the young people and this should be a source of concern. When the young people woke up early in the morning to cast their vote in favour of UPND, they had hope that things will change but this is when things are worsening,” Mr Kalaba said.

And Mr. Kalaba has urged President Hakainde Hichilema to exercise caution in the manner he is handling the just ended elections in Zimbabwe as it had the potential to inflame the citizens of that country.

“The people of Zimbabwe will not allow anyone to talk ill about the just ended elections. So, it will be imperative for President Hichilema, who is the chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation to be impartial,” Mr Kalaba said.

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