PF has performed well in last 1 year - Veep

Lusaka, October 11, 2012, ZANIS --- Vice President Guy Scott says the Patriotic Front (PF) has recorded progress in all sector of the economy in its one year of being in power.

Dr. Scott says the PF government remains committed to delivering on the change that it promised the people of Zambia during the run up to the 2011 general elections.

ZANIS reports that speaking when he featured on a live interview on Breeze FM in Chipata yesterday, Dr. Scott said the PF government had performed well during the first year of its rule hence the need for Zambians to support it.

He said just in its first year, PF has made progress in promoting democracy and correcting irresponsible acts that were allegedly done by the previous MMD regime.

He explained that government has managed to revise the sale of Zamtel, taking over the operations of Railway Systems of Zambia among other bold decisions it made in its quest to empower and create jobs for Zambians.

He further cited the media as one industry that has been left to operate without government inference because of the role it plays in enhancing democracy in any country.

Dr. Scott also noted that government managed to increase the Pay As You Earn threshold exemption from K1, 000,000 to K2, 000,000 and revised the Minimum wage to ensure that people have more money in their pockets as promised during its campaigns.

He added that for that first time Zambia has managed to acquire a US$ 750 million euro bond and that copper production is also tremendously improving hence the country gaining international recognition.

The Vice President stated that despite these achievements the PF government is committed to ensuring that the lives of  all Zambians are  improved regardless of their standing or political affiliation in society.

Dr. Scott promised that in the next four years government is aiming at revising the agriculture system and make it more balanced in order to help farmers diversify and not only depend on growing of one crop.

He added that government is also making sure that infrastructure, health and education sectors are improved to quality standards and accommodate all the people in the country.

On 23rd September 2012, the PF government clocked one year in office and various stakeholders have expressed mixed feelings on its performance during its first year of being in government.

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