Namwala Member of Parliament Robbie Chizyuka has said the people of Namwala have the right to thank President Banda and his government for fulfilling the dreams of their ancestors of ensuring that the area received a fair share of development.
Major. Chizyuka told ZANIS in an interview in Namwala today that the people in the area were overwhelmed by the support Government had continued to give to them.
He said for close to 46 years after independence the area had not received the amount of development it had seen in the last three years and eleven months.
Maj. Chizyuka said the Ila people were happy that their support towards the freedom struggle to which they sacrificed their cattle by funding it, was now paying dividends under President Banda.
“The dream of our forefathers was to have the Choma-Namwala road tarred so that the area could be opened up for development and this we have tried several times and failed but now we celebrate this unprecedented gift from President Banda’s government,” he said.
He said the people of Namwala have since invited President Banda in their area to thank him in the Ila way.
He said the Ila people and their chiefs knew that taking development to an area such as Namwala was not an easy task because it required huge resources which the Government had willingly made available.
“For us whether or not others like it, we believe President Banda’s word is his bond and this we will eternally be grateful to him. You know that this country has had leaders but him is just a few years in office and has proved to us that he is not just our friend but a father, “said Maj. Chizyuka.
Hundreds of people from the outskirts of Namwala boma have already started arriving in the boma to witness the visit of President Banda who is expected to arrive in the area tomorrow.
Several chiefs from many parts of the country and the province have also started arriving in the area.
Over 71 chiefs from other parts of the country and over 1 000 headmen from Namwala and other surrounding areas are expected in the district by the end of today.
Meanwhile, Major Chizyuka has described as wishful thinking assertions by some senior UPND leaders that he would announce his resignation from the party to join the ruling MMD at a rally to be addressed by President Banda on Tuesday.
He said he had no intentions to do so because he was still a pure UPND member adding this was the reason he contested his expulsion from the party in the courts of law.
“I have heard about those funny rumours but I can tell you that there was no such a thing because my heart is UPND, my blood is UPND and I will not leave,” he said.
He said he had spent huge personal resources to build the UPND and that no one could easily chase him out of the party.
He said those misleading the people that he intended to resign this Tuesday should allow the people to appreciate President Banda’s support to them.
Maj. Chizyuka said he played a critical role in the initial stages of the formation of the UPND and also in the appointment of Mr. Hakainde Hichilema as leader of the opposition party.
He said President Banda had shut up his opponents because he had delivered within a short period of time.
“For example, this Choma-Namwala road is not only an economic road but a serious political road and on this shame to his critics because he has shown them how things must be done,” he said.
He advised his critics not to mistake development for politics urging them to start politics at the right time.
Maj. Chizyuka said President Banda’s visit to Namwala was purely development and was at the invitation of the people in the district.
He said people want to have him in the area so that he could see how resources that Government had been allocating to the district have been used.
Maj. Chizyuka said President Banda was selling a product in the name of development and this had sent shivers in his political opponents and critics.
[ ZANIS ]