Vice President Inonge Wina says the depreciation of the Kwacha has nothing to do with the management of the Central Bank but that it follows the high demand of the United States Dollar on the market.

Mrs. Wina says Zambia is an import oriented country and that it has seen increased importation of medical equipment in the wake of Covid-19, hence pushing the Kwacha to the opposite direction.

Speaking during the Vice President question time today, Mrs. Wina also said Zambia is not the only country being impacted currently, but echoed calls for the country to move towards becoming an export country to be able to stabilize the local currency.

The Vice President was responding to Manyinga Member of Parliament Robert Lihefu who wanted to know what government is doing about the Kwacha, which he said has increased the cost of living, especially in rural areas.

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