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IT IS worrying that some stakeholders have downplayed the impact of climate change on the country’s economy, Patriotic Front (PF) Bwana Mkubwa Member of Parliament Jonas Chanda said yesterday.

Dr Chanda said opposition political party leaders should not politicise climate change and hunger situation the country was currently facing in some parts of the country.

He said this when he featured on the PF Interactive Forum to make a review of

President Edgar Lungu’s speech during the official opening of the 4th Session of the 12th National Assembly in Lusaka.

He said climate change had impacted many countries in sectors such as agriculture, mining, energy, manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

Dr Chanda said world leaders were meeting in the United States (US) to find ways of addressing the effects of climate change.

Climate change was a key issue as it was also impacting on industrialisation.

And Dr Chanda yesterday castigated some opposition political party leaders who were in the habit of insulting the republican President.

He said the current hunger situation in some parts of the country had been cause by the harsh effects of climate change.

However, Government was implementing some interventions to address climate change while the opposition engaged in cheap politics.

“You have leaders who are busy declaring hunger a national disaster as if they have the power to do so. On the other hand you have another leader busy talking about corruption which he can’t substantiate. This is total confusion, which we Zambians should not tolerate,” he said.

Dr Chanda said President Lungu was clear in his recent address to the National Assembly that Government was committed to achieving sustainable development through climate-smart methods.

He said it was unfortunate that most politicians and civil society organisations had not taken time to read and understand President Lungu’s speech.

Dr Chanda urged Zambian politicians not to attach partisan interest in the constitution amendment process.

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