The Acting President said this when he arrived at Chibefwe Basic School grounds in Mkushi district Saturday afternoon.
The Acting President was in the district to drum up support for his presidential campaign election scheduled for 30 October 2008.
Mr. Banda said it was sad that, 44 years after independence, most areas in the country were still lagging behind, in terms of development.
He said once he is elected president of Zambia, he will ensure that each constituency in the country gets K1 billion CDF per year, to foster development in the country.
He said he was concerned with the rising poverty levels in the country, especially in rural areas, and will ensure that he addresses the issue immediately he is elected as president.
On arrival at the president’s park in Mkushi, Mr. Banda received a thunderous welcome by MMD cadres and received a cow as a gift from Mkushi North Member of Parliament Lucy Changwe as a sign that he was welcome in the area.
Addressing the gathering at President’s Park, the Acting President said his government will not mistreat or chase away the white farmers in the Mkushi Farm Block and other foreign investors from the country because without them, development was inevitable.
Mr. Banda said his government will ensure that it settled problems that existed between foreign investors and their workers rather than chasing them from the country, because they made a huge contribution to the country’s economy.
He said Zambia had a friendly environment that attracted the confidence of foreign investors and warned that this would discontinue if people voted for a leader that would chase foreign investors from the country.
He further urged the people to vote for him in Thursday’s presidential election, because MMD was the only party that would continue with the projects that the government started under the leadership of late President Levy Mwanawasa.