NGOCC says high poverty a result of poor government decisions

NGOCC says high poverty a result of poor government decisions

By Lulumbi Nakazwe

THE Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council says high levels of hunger in the country are a result of government’s decision to continue wasting money on unproductive projects.

In an interview, NGOCC board chairperson Sara Longwe said the stunted growth that the country was witnessing was a result of the poor economy.

“We cannot continue wasting resources on presidential trips in a country where we are having an economic downturn. People are starving; they are not having proper meals and women are trying to work hard to ensure that they nutritiously feed their families, especially the young ones,” Longwe said.

“Zambia is one of the countries where there is stunted growth because of shortage of food. It’s not that women don’t know how to feed their children. It’s because they have no money to buy the essential things to ensure that their children are well fed. Cutting on foreign trips, especially by the Head of State, will help a lot in making the government pay attention to important things.”

She said President Lungu’s decision to cut his salary by half was not enough to sort out the many problems that Zambians were facing.

“There is need for President Lungu and his team to prioritise the needs of ordinary citizens if the country is to develop. Foreign trips and huge delegations subtract from the expenditure on social services like education, health, transport and also creating jobs for our youth. The issue of travelling abroad should be done away with. The government should make use of the missions doted all over the world. Issues of maintaining relations with foreign countries don’t really need the Head of State to move himself. Whenever he moves with his huge delegation, a lot of resources are spent,” said Longwe.