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Zambian President Cut His Wages, As Electricity, Fuel Price Rises

Following the price of petrol which gained 10 percent to 17.62 kwacha ($1.27) per litre on Thursday, while that for diesel fuel rose by 9.6 percent to 15.59 kwacha. And the cost of electricity is to rise by 115 per cent starting January 1.

Zambian President Cut His Wages, As Electricity, Fuel Price Rises

Many Zambians took to social media to  vent their anger following the stiff hikes for electricity and fuel.

Expressing concern over the new development, Zambian President Edgar Lungu cut his salary and those of senior cabinet ministers on Friday, as higher electricity and fuel prices take effect, his office said.

The cut in the president’s salary and those of senior ministers is in the range of 15 to 20 per cent. This include reducing travel by senior government officials.

In a statement, Lungu’s press aide Isaac Chipampe said;

The money realised will go into cushioning the impact on the vulnerable in society. The money realised from this decision will go towards ameliorating the impact that the increase would have brought on the masses.

The president was aware of the suffering  the Zambians were going through as a result of the tariff hikes but the economy would rebound in 2020 owing to measures  the government has put in place.

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