PATRIOTS for Economic Progress leader Sean Tembo has advised the government to consider implementing long-term measures that will enhance overall economic productivity. Tembo, who noted that the government has adopted the economic measures that his party recommended in the 2019 Alternative National Budget, bragged that PeP was the most competent political party in Zambia.
“As Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP), we have noted the recent efforts by the PF Government to try and turnaround the failing Zambian economy by engaging in some austerity measures as well as halting the contraction of additional loans. Given the fact that the economic measures now being implemented by the PF are exactly the same measures that we recommended in the PeP 2019 Alternative National Budget which we released on 29th October 2018 at Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka, we can safely conclude that; had the PF adopted our recommendations earlier, things would not have deteriorated to this point whereby government is even struggling to pay the salaries of civil servants in full and on time,” Tembo said.
He said PeP was the only political party that had the capacity to convert its plans for the financial and economic management of the nation.
“The current scenario further demonstrates that the Patriots for Economic Progress is the most competent political party in Zambia when it comes to the financial and economic management of the affairs of this nation. This is because we are the only political party that has the capacity and capability to convert our plans for the financial and economic management of the nation into a tangible document called an Alternative National Budget, which we have consistently produced and disseminated for the past 3 years in 2016, 2017 and 2018.”
The PeP leader further noted that inasmuch as the PF government may “copy and paste” his party’s robust financial and economic plans and ideas, they were unlikely to implement the copied plans with the same discipline and competence.
“The fact that the PF government can now adopt and begin to implement parts of the PeP 2019 Alternative National Budget further demonstrates that our ideas and plans for the financial and economic management of this country are not theoretical but practical and tangible. It is also worth noting that in as much as the PF government may copy and paste our robust financial and economic plans and ideas for this nation, they are unlikely to implement these plans with the same discipline and competence that we would. This alone should be an overriding reason why the good citizens of this Republic should consider ushering into office a PeP government in 2021. We no longer have the luxury to make another mistake like we did in 2011,” Tembo said.
He advised the government to consider the cancellation of public holidays for the Agricultural and Commercial Show as well as the trade fair because too many holidays undermined the general economic productivity.
“As Patriots for Economic Progress, we wish to take this opportunity to further advise the PF government that in as much as they are currently trying to implement short-term economic turnaround measures, they should also consider implementing long-term measures that will enhance overall economic productivity. For example, the government should consider the cancellation of public holidays for the Agricultural and Commercial Show as well as the Trade Fair because too many holidays undermine overall economic productivity,” said Tembo.
“There is no point in shutting down the rest of the economy simply because some people are attending a function called a Commercial Show or a Trade Fair. As a nation, we cannot continue to prioritise resting and sleeping as if we are in a competition with the dead, while our economy is in doldrums.”