President Rupiah Banda has thanked people of Northern Province for their determination and hard work.
President Banda has also said his government is determined to provide leadership in the development of the province and a country as a whole.
Speaking upon arrival at Mbala’s Samora Machel ZAF base, President Banda said victory in Mpulungu parliamentary by elections was a clear indication of the trust that people in the area and the province of have in MMD.
Mr. Banda also commended the MMD leadership for working hard during the just ended parliamentary by elections where the ruling party emerged victorious.
President Banda said the opposition parties thought it would be easy dislodge the ruling party in the area but that the people in the area know exactly what government has done.
President Banda also commended Given Mungomba for emerging victorious in the Mpulungu parliamentary by elections. The new MP for the area has since been appointed Deputy minister , Science and Technology.
And speaking earlier, North Western Province Minister John Chinyanta said the party in the province is happy with the collective victory scored in the Mpulungu by elections.
Mr. Chinyanta attributed the victory the many government project initiated by government in the area.
And President Banda is this afternoon scheduled to address a public rally at Musadabwe ground in Mpulungu.
The rally will be preceded by meetings with chiefs and another one with party officials.
He is accompanied to North Western Province by Foreign Affairs Minister Kabinga Mpande, Tourism Minister Catherine Namugala, Health Minister Kapembwa Simbao, North Western Province Minister John Chinyanta and Home Affairs Deputy Minister Gunston Sichilima.
After the rally, President Banda is expected to fly to Eastern Province where he is scheduled to meet Congolese president Joseph Kabila.
Meanwhile, President Banda has appealed to MMD membership to continue working hard and explaining government programmes and projects so that the party can emerge victorious in the 2011 elections.
Mr. Banda said the 2011 elections are very important for the MMD because the successes scored so far need to be protected and new projects after 2011 need to be initiated.
“The 2011 elections are very important to us as MMD because we cannot afford to lose the successes we have scored so far as that would mean people going back to suffering,” said President Banda.
He said government would continue implementing projects for the benefit of the people.