Lusaka, 21 October, 2023 / 9:18 pm (ACI Africa).
Jesuit scholars in Zambia are urging the government of the Southern African nation to make economic policies that target the poor and other vulnerable members of society, in view of getting them out of their inhuman situations.
In their Monday, October 16 Basic Needs and Nutrition Basket (BNNB) statement outlining the cost of living for September 2023, officials of the Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection (JCTR) decry the “prohibitively high” cost of living, which they say is making the lives of poor and vulnerable Zambians difficult.
“JCTR urges the government to give profound consideration to the preferential option for the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized when crafting and executing policies,” officials of the Lusaka-based center that is engaged in research, advocacy, education, and consultancy on social issues say.
They emphasize, “It is imperative that the government actively extends its support and solidarity to these vulnerable segments of society and establishes, as well as effectively enforces pro-poor policies.”
JCTR officials say the cost of living in the Southern African nation “remains prohibitively high for the majority of Zambians.”