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Zambian President Reduces His Wages As Energy Prices Rise

Zambian President Edgar Lungu offers a press briefing on July 6, 2017 on the Zambian State House in Lusaka. DAWOOD SALIM / AFP


Zambian President Edgar Lungu minimize his wage and people of senior cupboard ministers Friday, as larger electrical energy and gas costs take impact, his workplace stated.

The worth of petrol gained 10 % to 17.62 kwacha ($1.27) per litre on Thursday, whereas that for diesel gas rose by 9.6 % to fifteen.59 kwacha.

The price of electrical energy is to soar by 115 per cent beginning January 1.

The stiff hikes for electrical energy and gas have sparked an uproar on social media the place many Zambians vented their anger.

The minimize within the president’s wage and people of senior ministers is within the vary of 15 to twenty per cent.

“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,” Lungu’s press aide Isaac Chipampe stated in an announcement.

Lungu stated he was conscious of the struggling that the Zambians had been going by on account of the tariff hikes however expressed confidence that the economic system would rebound in 2020 owing to measures that the federal government has put in place.

They embody lowering journey by senior authorities officers.


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