Opposition Party of National Unity and Progress (PNUP) Leader Highvie Hamududu says government should rethink its stance on fuel subsidies, adding that the current fuel prices obtaining on the market are not affordable for most Zambians.

The Energy Regulation Board ERB last week increased petrol prices for February from K29.98 to K34.19 per litre, while diesel was increased from K29.96 to K32.15 per litre.

Speaking when he featured on Christian Voices’ Chatback program in Lusaka today, Mr. Hamududu said that government should instead channeled some of the resources it allocates for social protection to fuel subsidies, for Zambians to benefit.

“The current fuel prices coupled with the pressures on the kwacha will only worsen the cost of living” said Mr. Hamududu.

Meanwhile, Mr. Hamududu has called on government to dialogue with the Baroste Royal Establishment (BRE) on the Barotseland situation.

He said that dialogue with the BRE leaders was the only way to ensure the matter is put to rest.