Ndola November 19, ZANIS – Senior Concerned Citizens in Ndola have expressed displeasure at the continuous manipulation of Members of Parliament (MP) and the allocation of land to foreigners.
In a press statement made available to ZANIS today Isaac Chileshe a concerned senior citizen said it was wrong for government through the Ministry of Lands to allocate land to foreigners while freedom fighters that fought for independence were living and dying like destitutes.
â€œWe are disappointed with the continuous manipulation of MPâ€™s and the allocating of land to foreigners at the expense of freedom fighters that are dying like destitutes in their own land which they repossessed from foreigners who had grabbed it from their ancestors,â€ he said.
Mr Chileshe also condemned the allocation of taxpayersâ€™ money to few selected contractors and suppliers.
He charged that government had failed to empower its citizens with economic and political empowerment.
â€œThe Zambian government has failed to empower its citizens economically or politically, and why should we then continue voting? In whose interest is it?â€ he questioned.
Mr Chileshe has appealed to Zambians to support the idea of constructing the â€œhouse of wisdom.â€
He explained that the house of wisdom would consist of a 200-man committee that would use eight local languages and one foreign language, English.
Meanwhile, a Ndola Clergyman has appealed to residents in newly demarcated areas in the city to ensure that toilets were a priority on their building plans.
Pastor Elijah Mweene told Zanis in Ndola that as a way of celebrating the world toilet day, it was important for locals in newly demarcated areas in the city to reflect on the significance of having a toilet per household to promote hygienic ways of living.
He said in the light of the onset of the rain season, it was important for people to practice high standards of hygiene so that diarrhoea diseases and cholera outbreaks were minimised.
He said digging a pit latrine for those who cannot afford a flushable toilet was paramount because a lot of waterborne and airborne diseases were uncontrolled under unsanitary conditions of life.
Pastor Mweene added that the world toilet day, though a new concept to many, should be embraced so that every year people would be sensitised on the importance of the right use of toilets.
He said a toilet had been manâ€™s friend from time immemorial because it was a facility that man could not dispense with.
He added that even other church leaders should use their positions of influence and authority to sensitise their members on the benefits of practicing good health promoting habits.