18 July 2013

Zambia: MMD Lawmaker to Walk 170 Kilometres in Protest Over Subsidies

Solwezi Central Member of Parliament Lucky Mulusa has announced that he will embark on a walk from Chingola to Solwezi in protest over the removal of subsidies by President Michael Sata and the Patriotic Front. The distance cover about 170 kilometres (about 110 miles).

Mulusa told a media briefing in Lusaka on Wednesday that he will also use the walk to highlight the PF government's failure to upgrade the Chingola-Solwezi road into a dual carriage way. He begins the walk on Saturday July 20, a day after parliament adjourns.

He said he will walk from Chingola to Solwezi in order to feel the impact that the ordinary citizens are feeling following the removal of subsidies on fuel.

Mulusa said he will use the walk to interact with the local people in areas found along the Chingola-Solwezi road.

"I will make stop overs to chat with the local people. As a representative of the people, I have to feel how they are feeling," Mulusa said.

He said the PF has shown its true colours by subjecting poor Zambians to further misery after removing the subsidies on fuel and maize.

"They have increased fuel prices and yet they are riding in air conditioned vehicles bought using tax payers money and getting free fuel whilst the people walk because they cannot afford a bus fare."

The Solwezi Central MP regretted that the Chingola-Solwezi road which contributes significantly to the treasury has not been lined up for upgrades.

"This is the road which gives a lot of money to the treasury and yet it is not been upgraded," he said.

He alleged that the PF government is busy focusing on constructing and rehabilitating some roads that do not make economic sense.

Mulusa said he will begin his journey on Saturday morning after Parliament adjourns sine die this Friday.

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