Several village headmen from Namwala and Itezhi-tezhi area have hailed President Banda for the various projects he has undertaken in the province.
The headmen also urged Government to consider addressing various social economic issues such as roads and water among others which affect the people of Namwala and Itezhi Tezhi.
This was in Namwala yesterday when President Rupiah Banda addressed about 500 village headmen from Namwala and Itezhi-Tezhi.
Headman Machipi of Mukobela Chiefdom said the United Party for National Development (UPND) and their leader Hakainde Hichilema had taken the people of the province for granted.
“Other previous Zambian presidents neglected us but you (President Banda) has shown us that you don’t hate us,” he said
Headman Lubanda, who was also happy with development projects being undertaken, appealed to the Government to consider drilling more boreholes in his area.
He appealed to Government to consider tarring the Niko–Monze Road.
Senior Headman Simpede said the current Government had recognised and appreciated the people of the province as part of the Zambians.
He, however, appealed to the Government to work on the feeder roads in the area to facilitate for maize haulage.
He said the maize harvested in 2007 was still in holding depots because of the poor state of the roads in the area.
The headmen also appealed to Government to work on improving the road network which links Namwala and Itezhi-Tezhi.
And responding to concerns raised by traditional leaders, President Banda said he had taken note of the requests and that the ministers n charge would submit a report.
“The issues you have raised are very important for our people. We were aware that you were going to raise issues on health, education, agriculture and infrastructure, that is why I asked the ministers in charge of these ministries to accompany me,” he said.
Mr Banda directed the three ministers in his delegation who included Education Minister Dora Siliya, Local Government and Housing Minister Eustackio Kazonga as well as Works and Supply Minister Mike Mulongoti to submit a report on what Government would do to address the issues raised.
And Mr Mulongoti said Government was looking for ways to address the concerns to improve the connection between Namwala and Itezhi-tezhi on Kafue River.
He also said Government would seek various ways of improving the road network in Namwala and Itezhi-Tezhi areas.
Meanwhile, President Banda said his campaigns in 2011 would be based on the work he has done for the people of Southern Province during his tenure as president.
Mr Banda said traditional leaders at the level of headmen are the foundation of the unity and peace of any nation.
He said as a leader, President Banda understood the problems of the people of Zambia and Namwala in particular.
He said he would continue to facilitate for development in Namwala by building more schools, clinics and roads.
[ Times of Zambia ]