The National Restoration Party (NAREP) has taken issue with the July 26 public holiday declared by President Edgar Lungu to allow electorates cast their votes during the mayoral election.
NAREP has advised President Lungu to rescind the decision on acciount that the country is already swarmed with too many holidays.
Narep Press Statement on Declaration of 26th July as A Public Holiday
As Narep we ar e very dissapointed that because of a bye election for a mayor in Lusaka and a few other places, the President of Zambia has decided to declare 26th July as a public holiday.
Do not misunderstand us. Much as we are encouraging more people to go and vote on this day and exercise their democratic right by voting for our candidate Bwalya Denis Nondo for Lusaka Mayor, we feel declaring this day as a public holiday is an abuse of authority by the Republican President as the nation can not come to a stand still because of these bye elections.
We therefore ask the President to rescind his decision and only ask employers in Lusaka and places where bye elections are taking place to give time to their employees to go and vote. In reality many people are already on forced holiday created by this same government as they dont even have jobs and we wonder what kind of a holiday this is.
The nation is in an economic crisis and the President has shown no concern on the seriousness and losses the nation will incur on this day.
If the President does not reverse this pronouncement we will ask all bussineses to remain open and not make any losses as this PF government has made enough money for themselves toto allow them to go on holidays. The production wheel cannot be shut down for simple bye election in Lusaka when the nation is experiencing economic crisis. May businesses are struggling and this is very retrogressive.
People are curently living on hand to mouth and shutting down the economic wheel will do more harm than good. This PF government is busy creating more bye elections and holidays which are causing serious damage to our economy. We ask all Zambians to reject this offer. People are ready to vote and go back to toil as they can’t afford to go on a holiday. Remember 6th August is another holiday.
Why should children not go to school in Mkushi and many other places just because people in Lusaka are voting for a mayor? Does this make sense to anyone who cares more for this nation?
This is a sign of how unserious this government is and we condemn this decision.
IPS Central Province
20th July, 2018.