President Michael Sata has advised the people of Western province not to focus their attention on Barotseland Agreement (BA) of 1964 but that they should embrace various developmental projects Government is delivering to them.
Mr Sata said the people of Western province should not be cheated by some people over BA of 1964 because his Government was already delivering massive developmental projects aimed at improving their welfare.
He said the locals could not ‘eat’ the BA of 1964 and that there were many tribes which were a segment of the province hence their need to focus on Government’s empowerment projects being carried out.
President Sata was speaking yesterday in Shangombo district when officially opened the long waited Shangombo District Hospital which was constructed at a cost of KR 26 million with a bed capacity of over 130.
“Nobody is going to eat the BA of 1964, because all of you need development and in this province, there are many tribes such as the Nkoyas, Mbundas, Chokwes, Luvales and the Lozi people who are a segment of the province.
[pullquote]“Nobody is going to eat the BA of 1964, because all of you need development and in this province, there are many tribes such as the Nkoyas, Mbundas, Chokwes, Luvales and the Lozi people who are a segment of the province.[/pullquote]
“My Government is already delivering massive developmental projects and this is where you have to focus because we want to give you what you want,” he said
Shangombo District Hospital which was constructed by Tomorrow Investments Limited, a Zambian construction company, was equipped with maternity wards and other modern facilities.
Mr Sata was happy that the hospital would assists in alleviating the suffering of the locals in accessing quality health services and cutting the long distances they used to travel to get treatment.
He said he was proud to have been the one commissioning the hospital because it was among several developmental projects that Patriotic Front (PF) Government promised the locals through its manifesto.
President Sata said quality heal services were important to the livelihood of all Zambians and assured the locals that Government would ensure in each district in the province there was a modern hospital.
He urged Western Province Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba to ensure that more health facilities were constructed closer to the locals with quality health services.
The Head of State also directed the Minister of Energy to ensure that Shangombo district hospital was connected to the national electricity grid including other public institutions.
He asked the people of Western Province to give PF another Member Parliament during the Lukulu by-election saying it would not be good for them top continue wallowing in poverty at the expense of voting for the opposition parties.
And President Sata took a swipe at Cabinet ministers who had failed to
reach out to far flung areas such as Shangombo to learn about the
hardships the locals were encountering.
“Are you not ashamed that the people who voted for you are getting poorer while you are getting fatter? Some of you have never been here,” Mr Sata said amid jubilations from the crowds.
President Sata was saddened that several children and other people who welcomed him in Shangombo did not know where there next meal would come from.
He urged his ministers to be visiting rural areas such as Shangombo to understand the challenges people faced.
Later, Mr Sata commissioned the KR4.9 million Muoyo Water Supply Project in Nalolo in Western Province in which over 10, 000 residents would benefit from clean water supply.
[pullquote]“Are you not ashamed that the people who voted for you are getting poorer while you are getting fatter? Some of you have never been here,” Mr Sata said amid jubilations from the crowds.[/pullquote]
Earlier, Health Minister Joseph Kasonde assured the locals that his ministry was working diligently to construct more hospitals adding that of the 181 staff needed at the hospital, a total of 125 have already started working at the new medical facility.
Works, Supply , Communications and Transport Minister Christopher Yaluma said and Road Development Agency board chairperson Willie Nsanda said the ministry and RDA respectively would upgraded the poor road infrastructure in the area.
And the Litunga of the Lozi speaking people in Western Province Lubosi Imwiko has praised President Michael Sata for his diligent and concerted effort to deliver unprecedented development in the province.
Speaking on behalf of the King in Shangombo yesterday when President Sata officially commissioned the Shangombo district hospital, Acting Ngambela, Induna Kalonga said the traditional leader was impressed with Mr Sata’s efforts to develop the province.
“I have accompanied His Excellency President Sata on behalf of King Litunga here because he is impressed with what our Head of State on doing.
“As people of this province, we are happy with massive developmental projects the Government is delivering and we shall also work with it,” he said
He said the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) was behind the developmental projects that the Patriotic Front (PF) Government was implementing in the province.
Induna Kalonga said the efforts by President Sata to change the face of the province by building Shangombo District hospital was a clear indication that the Government was caring for the locals.