Musokotwane: Unemployment Will Make PF Unpopular

Musokotwane: Unemployment Will Make PF Unpopular

SITUMBEKO Musokotwane says unemployment levels will make the PF government unpopular.

And Zambians for Empowerment and Development (ZED) president Dr Fred Mutesa
says the government must implement measures that will boost existing
entrepreneurial businesses as a way of tackling the current unemployment.

Meanwhile, Dr Mutesa says President Michael Sata’s comment regarding George Kunda’s widow, Ireen that she should stop politicking before “traditional rituals” were performed on her, was a move to subjugate women in politics.

Situmbeko Musokotwane
In an interview, Dr Musokotwane, who is former finance minister, warned that unemployment levels would get worse if good economic policies were not put in place.

“Youth unemployment will only get worse and worse because every year there is a lot of young people coming on the job market. Every year 400,000 young people get on the job market. So, the situations can only get worse. It requires very serious economic policies to get bcontrolled. The cumulative of people who are not being employed for a year added to the new ones… that will even make it difficult to solve,” he said.

Dr Musokotwane observed that many countries experiencing uprisings and
turmoil had failed to solve the unemployment problem.

“It unemployment is a very serious problem in all these countries where you have heard a lot of uprisings and there is a lot of turmoil is because of problems related to unemployment. In short, what I am saying is that if this is not solved it will make the government unpopular,” said Dr Musokotwane.

And Dr Mutesa said the youth policy must be revised.

“The first thing that the government must do is revise a number of policies. For instance, the youth policy itself must be revised with the participation of the young people. Already the young people are involved in many activities where they have already identified the constraints,” Dr Mutesa said.

“If you take entrepreneurship, a lot of young people are involved in self employment and they will tell you that the challenge they are faced with is capital. How do we make credit affordable and easily available to these young people?”

He said the government must find means of assisting with skills training to the
horde of youths that prematurely got out of school.

Dr Mutesa said the government should critically look at how it could grow the micro, small and medium scale enterprises.

“Critically look at how we can provide skills to those that are already involved in a number of these activities so that they can increase their productivity and improve the quality of their product.”

And Mutesa said women’s movements should challenge President Sata on his comment regarding Ireen as that would encourage the men domination in politics.

“It may have been in the context of a campaign, but for him to say that this woman must not be campaigning before even traditional rituals are performed is one way of subjugating women, make them second class citizens in society,” said Dr Mutesa.

He said there was no greater honour a widow and her children could
to their departed one than to take up his legacy.

Dr Mutesa urged women to challenge President Sata on his remarks.

“If we talk like that, we will perpetuate this patriarchal domination of women in society where they would always be scared to come out for fear of what people are going to say. That’s an outdated way of looking at issues and one that’s sure to stifle the potential for development of this country.”

President Sata, in reaction to Ireen’s accusation that the PF prayed for the death of her husband so their candidate could take over the seat, said it was unfortunate that Kunda’s widow and her son Howard could have taken to politics even before mourning period was over.

18 Responses to "Musokotwane: Unemployment Will Make PF Unpopular"

  1. cherry   July 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    u MMD what measures did u put in place for employment creation?its u wo created this problem sold companies without shame and many became unemployed shame on u. therefore u have no RIGHT to talk abt unemployment crisis, u were busy stealing & corruption at PF is trying.

  2. Didi   July 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    This is being very dull. You chaps left the same probs. Unemployment is a global issue my friend.

  3. tallmike   July 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    May i remind this foolish situmbeko that we have high unemployment levels because MMD were busy investing in corrupt activities.The privatisation MMD curried out did not plough back the resources earned to the needy areas such as roads,haelth care ,schools and helping SME development,descent accommodation.
    All this cries about unemployment is a creation of the MMD.So MMD give PF solutions to this PROBLEM and not to carelessly criticise them.Because we shall be looking at you as fools.

  4. Pelekelo   July 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I find it hard to understand how this man reasons. He has only realized now that pipo want jobs?

  5. boom!   July 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    we are learned but the gvt of the day want all of us 2 put on uniforms.very unfortunate.

  6. Chimbwi No Plan   July 5, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Maybe Situmbeko is talking on behalf of Mulongoti and himself. Basakila Jobs.

  7. Umusambashi   July 5, 2012 at 8:00 am

    If mmd hd dne th rit thngs,ths problms wldnt b thr of unemploymnt,u seeing th issue nw cos u wnt a loophole to gt into gov to steal monies,whn u were in,u ddnt see wht u seeing as u were busy creatng it…shut up and let othr pipo talk and do th wrk..u th pipo tht ve causd all thz problms due to ur gross negligency,mismngmnt and fradulant activities…shameless pipo..glutons

  8. sir evol   July 5, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Situmbeko has nothing to say because its him and his MMD that has brought this problem of high levels of unemployment in this country.It has now come into his senses that what they were doing when they were in govt were foolish?shame on this foolish man.Is that checks and balance can he offer to the ruling?MMD will never rule again,foolish you have made us poor and enrich yourselves at our expense,God will punish you imwe bakoswe.

  9. Big Ken   July 5, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Kuti waseka. Who created this problem. For this, the people will always hate the MMD. Mr Musokotwane, I expect you to comment on Statutory Instrument No. 33. Shame!


    But sir you were in power for 20 years what plans did you put in place to to reduce this unemployment level?PF has been in office for less than ten months and you want miracles to happen.NO. lets give the party in government time and things will be better for sure.Rome was not built in one day…Mr musokotwani

  11. MMD chairman   July 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    what mr Musokotwane is say is that the pf government should do is outline there policies.

  12. nyatu   July 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    his useless stumbeko no more mmd now we dot wat to hear frm you

  13. MMD chairman   July 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    if you remember very very well MCS was in MMD from 1991 to 2001 and so when most commenter question the stay in power of our beloved party, try remember some of this guys in MMD, during their reign we can say because of them we didn`t have a real direction mainly because of chancers and of lost foresight at some point from NEC, In the same period we lost great brains of the party the likes L P MWANAWASA, L PENZA, DEAN MUN`GOMBA,THE NHKUMBULA THE AKASHAMBATWA ETC because of their shallow thinking.
    The turn over of some them to bring back architect of the party brought about new deal government from which even the mistake of the some guys were collected and sense of direction enstored upon the nation, all saw visionaries not of the new leader, so policy pronouncement,benchmark setting will bring about confidence and slowly loose popularity, the nation needs direction in anything the government is doing.

  14. nevars mumba   July 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    pipo even if u insult as no ge we no wat were doing

  15. chalobantu   July 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Mumba Nevers where is that girl who used to sing for you where ever you went she is dead you funken lier. You tombing girls/women in the name of your your fake lord you will punished so dearly.

  16.   July 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    mmd chairman,

    i totally concur with you

  17. JP   July 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Let us first of think before we say before we say what we say as bloggers that take kin interest in matters that pertain to the many problems that our country Zambia is facing. Let each one of us reflect the Pros and Cons of Privatization: who where the beneficiaries and who were the victims and who implemented it and how? Is it not true that HH equally got a job in this exercise? How about Michael? Fellow countrymen, this is a national matter because we let dogs loose at that time. Now that our eyes are open enough lets us think critically.

  18. bruce   July 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    elyo cashupa nomba, even this chap stumbeko can have the courage to say something on unemployment anyway maybe he has seen that professor luo has been brought back then he also have something to talk about. it happens especially in zambia coz even our president came from unip joined mmd and formed pf. who knows maybe his plans might be needed in zambia. politics is dirty, fya cabe cabe fye.