The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction CSPR says reasons forwarded by government for increasing fuel prices are not convincing.
CSPR Provincial Coordinator, Maxson Nkhoma says that this is because government has not collected enough revenue from sectors, which are performing well.
Mr. Nkhoma notes that the mining sector for example is a sector responsible for the economic growth of the country but government has not collected much to reinvest in other sectors that are not doing so well.
Yesterday President, Michael Sata said that the removal of fuel subsidies is in order to save resources for proper implementation of all government programmes and projects.
Mr. Nkhoma has noted that the fuel hike is inconsistent with what the PF government promised the people on fuel reduction when they formed government.
He also notes that Zambia is currently battling with shortage and high mealie meal prices and before this could be solved, fuel an essential commodity in the economy has also increased.
This is contained in a press statement availed to Breeze News by Mr. Nkhoma this morning.