Let’s focus on economic issues rather than politics – Haabazoka

By Staff Reporter

 

ECONOMIST, Lubinda Haabazoka has called for a paradigm shift in the country’s focus towards economic issues.

Haabazoka said it was painful for Zambians to see the focus of governance tilted towards non-economic issues as the border line between politics and economics was narrowing.

Haabazoka said the reconciliation talks were very important in every country but that they should never take center stage in a country desperate to outplay its neighbours in terms of economic development.

“My advice to stakeholders is that let us have more multi-partisan economic talks rather than reconciliations as if the country is coming from a civil war!!!!We cannot suffocate the President’s diary with talks that cannot yield any positives to national economic development!!!My advice to all political parties is that give Zambians a break from politics. Let us concentrate on national economic development,” said Haabazoka.

He said if talks were to be held, the agenda should be on issues such as how to use Constituency Development Fund to uplift livelihoods of citizens, how to speak with one voice against multinationals who do not want to pay tax, how to empower youths and create jobs.

“It is wasting time and resources to engage in dialogues that do not interrogate issues of national economic development!!!Zambians should look out for those that offer ideas and solutions and not those that can insult the most!!!!My advice to all stakeholders is that let us focus on national economic development because our aim is to achieve vision 2030,” he said

Haabazoka has since called on Zambians not to preoccupy authorities with issues that would derail them from national economic issues.

“Because of criticism and cheap politics, no works are being done on the Lusaka – Ndola road where we continue to lose lives!!! We need a dual courage way there immediately,” he said.