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.