By Fulman Mukobeko
Zambian business mogul Hakainde Hichilema says there is nothing to analyze in the 2018 National Budget estimated at K71.6 billion as Finance Minister Felix Chipota Mutati’s briefcase is empty.
Mr. Hichilema who is United Party for National Development(UPND) president says his party will reverse the sale of companies sold in bad faith.
Briefing the Press, Hichilema said Mutati’s 2018 budget cannot improve the livelihood of Zambians.
Hichilema politically branded as HH regretted that the Zambian economy had been declining since the PF took over office from Rupiah Bwezani Banda’s Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Government in 2011.
According the UPND strongman, the Zambia economic growth rate was at seven (7%) percent in 2011, when then PF leader Michael Chilufya Sata took office, but regretted that six years down the line, under President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the economic growth rate is at four (4%) percent, a serious economic meltdown.
Hichilema advised Mutati to stop bragging that the Zambian Kwacha has gained against major currencies.
The Zambian Kwacha is now trading around K9.61, as the PF found a dollar selling four Kwacha (K4).
“Mutati is my friend. We used to meet in some office somewhere. What I can say is that he has sweet talk. He says things he cannot substantiate or do because he likes sugar coating statements,” Hichilema teased his erstwhile peer.
“The budget presented by my good friend Mutati was empty and there is nothing to analyze in it. The PF found the country moving at the growth rate of 7 percent but now it is moving at 4 percent. Now, Mutati is bragging that the Kwacha has gained against major convertibles but it was K4 to one US dollar now is trading at K9.61. So what is he talking about,” Hichilema touted.
And Hichilema has promised to repossess all companies that had been wrongly sold by the PF leadership.
” How can they sell Chimbokaila Prison and Natural Resource Development College (NRDC),” complained Hichilema.