Vice President GUY SCOTT has said that government lost three trillion kwacha through scams under the maize marketing and fertiliser subsidies last farming season.
Dr. SCOTT, who is also PF party Vice President, said that the money, which government lost could have been enough to provide free education for many Zambians from grade one to twelve.
The Vice President was speaking in an interview with ZNBC news in Msanzala constituency in Petauke District in the Eastern Province shortly before he left for Lusaka.
Dr. SCOTT explained that the money that has been lost is much more than the budget for health, military and the Zambia Police Service.
He further explained that the Food Reserve Agency-FRA staff have been taking out Tarpaulins so that the maize can go to waste.
Dr. SCOTT said the FRA staff have been puling out tarpaulins so that the money they steal can not be audited.
And Dr SCOTT said that government will prioritise infrastructure development in rural areas.
Dr. SCOTT said that because most roads in rural areas are impassible and people travel long distances to access health facilities and schools.
The vice president also urged Zambians of Asian origin to be more involved in the country’s economy. Dr. SCOTT who is also PF party vice president says Zambians of Asian origin have been very useful, but that they need to increase their participation.
The vice president was speaking last night when he met the business community in Petauke, the Eastern province.
Dr Scott said government is happy that the Asian community is providing employment to Zambians and assured them that their investment is safe.
He explained that people who thought PF was radical towards investments from the Asian community have been proved wrong.
Agriculture EMMANUEL CHENDA said the PF government has an open door policy and is inclusive.
AND proprieter of GOOD LUCK bakery RIZWAAN PATEL said the business community in Petauke is happy with the positive step that the govenment has taken.
And proprieter of Petauke Bargain centre RASHID LULAT urged the PF government to seriously look at the way the constituency development fund is being used.
Dr. SCOTT has described his three-day campaign trail in Petauke District as sucessful.
The Vice President wound up his campaign Wednesday after he held two public rallies at Sandwe and Chiwale Basic Schools.
He was in Petauke District to drum up support for PF Msanzala candidate Colonel Joseph Lungu.
The MMD is fielding Peter Daka, Shadrick Banda is standing on the the UNIP ticket and Usuman Maumba is contesting the seat as an independent candidate.
The seat fell vacant after Colonel JOSEPH LUNGU resigned and joined the Patriotic Front party.
The Msanzala parliamentary by-election takes place on 16th February, next week.