The Economics Association of Zambia has denied advocating for a law that bars citizens from commenting on economic issues.
National Secretary Mutisunge Zulu said the Association refutes all accusations, misquotes and exaggerations circulating in the media.
Mr. Zulu said the EAZs mandate is sound economic policy advocacy and as such has proposed for a legislative framework similar to other professions such as law and accounting that will instil discipline and regulate sanity in the faculty.
He explained that this proposal was necessitated by the rise in uninformed pronouncements by individuals purporting to be economists on various platforms especially at a fragile time as this when the nation is weathering an economic storm.
“Misinformation could also have adverse effects that could cause investor panic and nervousness to ultimately hurt the economy of which we are all a part of. However, the Association wishes to clarify that it has never at any instance barred or has plans to bar citizens from commenting on economic issues as one does not need to be an economist to comment on issues in line with freedom of speech,” He said.
Mr. Zulu has urged media houses to consult professionals from institutions such as the Economics Association of Zambia, Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research to clarify on economic and business related issues.
“This is what is pertaining in other professions such as medicine, accounting, engineering and law. Responsible reporting and pronouncements backed by facts, theory or evidence are welcome as EAZ advocates healthy debates as opposed to malicious utterances”. Mr. Zulu added.
He said as stated in its constitution, the EAZ will restrict itself to dealing with business and economic issues by providing independent and impartial advisory to both the state and the nation as a whole.