WHEN protests in the country become the order of the day, it means the government is corrupt and has no vision and government is sleeping, says Catholic Priest Fr Kennedy Chola.
On Tuesday, Kagem Emerald mine worked downed tools protesting against management’s refusal to increase their salaries by 50 per cent, among other conditions of service.
And this week, the Times of Zambia workers also protested non-payment of their salaries.
Fr Chola said the PF government has become very destructive to the poor Zambians.
“The government has become so destructive that it seems not to care any more. There are a lot of problems that our people are going through. To them in government everything is normal because they can eat and get free things. But taking that route is self-destruction. So this path the PF government and President Edgar Lungu have taken leads to self-destruction,” Fr Chola said.
“When protests in the country become the order of the day, it means the government is corrupt and has no vision and government is sleeping. Truth be told, they [PF] have nothing to offer the people. People will protests, but nothing will happen. They will get back to work with the same slavery conditions.”
He said the PF should refocus and remember its promises to Zambians.
Fr Chola said neglecting people that gave one power was evil.
“Let them remember the promises of lower taxes, more jobs and more money in our pockets. This is the only way that they will realise that things are not good; that people are suffering! For now, they need to wake up and protect the poor people,” said Fr Chola.
“Protests are unproductive to any sector or industry. So for government to continue to get the taxes from these companies or mines where our people are protesting poor salaries, government needs to intervene and ensure that the common person is protected.”