Increase in price of fuel is due to corruption and increased public debt-HH

UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has demanded that Government refunds all motorists that were charged more than K5 per liter of fuel from the US$20 million worth of crude procured from Saudi Arabia.

Mr Hichilema is demanding that government refunds the motorists for the 6 days this consignment lasted, adding that it was not right for government to charge citizens a higher price for the commodity it procured cheaply.

Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Mr. Hichilema attributed the increase in the price of fuel to alleged corruption and increased public debt.

Mr Hichilema said that the government hiked the price of fuel because it wants to raise money to repay the country’s debt.

And Mr. Hichilema has charged that the 2019 national budget is not worth the paper on which it was printed because all the money in the budget has already been used by government and therefore it is not worth to be tabled in Parliament.

And Mr. Hichilema has said that UPND members will not attend this year’s national day of prayer which falls on the 18th of October annually.

Mr Hichilema said that UPND members pray every day and cannot in this case restrict their prayers to a single day.

Source: Lusaka Times

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