Lusaka, 22 May, 2021 / 10:00 pm (ACI Africa).
As campaigns for the August 12 general election kickoff in Zambia, political aspirants in the Southern African nation have been called upon to inform the electorate on how they will address the country’s debt crisis should they be elected.
In their Monday, May 17 statement obtained by ACI Africa, officials of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) call on “all the aspiring candidates to seize the opportunity offered by the campaign period to address the Zambian voters on how each political party is going to address the debt crisis and the resultant challenges the country is facing.”
Zambia has an estimated US$20.46 billion public debt comprising both external and domestic dues.
“Aspiring political leaders must articulate economic growth programs that respond to the needs of the poor and the vulnerable and how as leaders they are going to contribute to the common good and the preservation of human dignity of every Zambian,” JCTR officials add in their statement signed by the Jesuit institution’s Executive Director, Fr. Alex Muyebe.
Officials of the research institution further urge political aspirants to “clearly demonstrate how they are going to address this debt crisis to ensure improved social service provision throughout the country.”