Chinese engineers to start working on the Mongu- Kalabo road – VEEP
Vice President George Kunda says government is aware that the people of Western Province are yearning for development.
Mr. Kunda says it is for this reason that government has since responded by initiating several projects in the area.
The Vice President, however, says a lot more remains to be done.
Mr. Kunda was speaking in Mongu this morning when he officiated at the Kufuluhela traditional ceremony of the Lozi people.
He said government has done some work in the area and that it was its wish to do more to the satisfaction of the people.
He named some of the projects as the construction of basic school and the multi-billion kwacha Mongu- Kalabo road project, the construction of the K2.4 billion district hospital among others.
He said the Mongu- Kalabo road project had temporarily stalled because of the terrain and the high water levels.
Mr. Kunda said engineers from China are already in the country t o work on the project.
He also said government has also set aside K5 billion under the Rural Road Development to support road works on the Limulunga-Usha road among others.
“We want to improve the road network in this province and we are already working in that direction. We are working on the Mongu-Kalabo road, ,” he said.
The Vice President also disclosed government recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Angola government on the Shangombo-Libungu canal to boost trade between the two countries.
He urged people in the province to take advantage of the situation to improve their businesses.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kunda has called upon the electorate in Luena constituency to vote for MMD candidate Mwaangala Maopo, in the August 5 parliamentary by-election.
He said unlike other constituencies in the province, Luena has continued to lag behind because the area has had opposition members of parliament.
Mr. Kunda said the last MP, Mr. Charles Milupi, who is also recontesting the seat on Alliance for Democracy Development (ADD) was not concerned with the welfare of the people in his constituency because he was preoccupied with NGOs in Lusaka.
He said there is need for a new Member of parliament that will stir development in the area.
He accused Mr. Milupi of having made several promises to the people but has not fulfilled them.
He said Mr. Milupi has even gone ahead to form a political party just for his personal satisfaction and not for the people of Luena.
“This man is fond of day dreaming, he promised to bring a mine at Kaboko, a sugar plantation in Sitoya, a mushroom canning factory but he has failed to do these things for you,” said Mr. Kunda.
The Vice President said once voted into office Mr. Maopo would easily work with government and effectively represent the people of Luena in parliament.
He charged that Mr. Milupi was going round telling people that he had been using his personal money on some projects yet he had been using the Constituency Development Funds (CDF).
He said CDF is government money meant for development projects in all constituencies.
“This money is government money and he has not even been using it properly. Do not be cheated that he was using his own money,” said Mr. Kunda.
And Mr. Kunda has said government is looking for a suitable place on which to construct a High School in Limulunga.
Mr. Kunda said government will budget for the project in the 2011 national budget.
He said such projects are going on in all parts of the country.
“We know that people here in Limulunga need a high school and I can assure you that we will construct it and we will budget for it,” said the Vice President.
He also assured the people in the province that government will continue to provide market for maize and rice grown in the area.